Stuffed and starved book review

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stuffed and starved book review

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To find out how we got to this point and what we can do about it, Raj Patel launched a comprehensive investigation into the global food network. What he found was shocking, from the false choices given us by supermarkets to a global epidemic of farmer suicides, and real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa. Yet he also found great cause for hope—in international resistance movements working to create a more democratic, sustainable and joyful food system. Going beyond ethical consumerism, Patel explains, from seed to store to plate, the steps to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of both farmers and consumers, and rebalance global sustenance. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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In both cases, Unilever wins. In other words, it pays Unilever to make you fat.

Stuffed and starved

How is it that the overweight outnumber the underfed? Answer: Because the food system suffers from a waistline problem. This waistline is not like the robust and growing one of the developed world, but is akin to the cinched, famine-stricken waistline of the Third World. He also lays out the astonishing repercussions of this bottleneck—cheap soy and corn as inputs for highly processed concoctions, suicidal farmers from the Midwest to India, degradation of land and despicable treatment of animals and workers, starvation for hundreds of millions of people, and degenerative diseases for even more. We are Wal-Mart. Patel makes these connections crystal clear. One of the best facets of the whole book are his recommendations—he gives few, focusing primarily on what people choose to eat, along with who and where it comes from and how it is raised.

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Share: Share on Facebook. Add to Cart. To find out how we got to this point and what we can do about it, Raj Patel launched a comprehensive investigation into the global food network. What he found was shocking, from the false choices given us by supermarkets to a global epidemic of farmer suicides, and real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa. Yet he also found great cause for hope.

Skip to main content. March 18, GM Watch. All About Organics ,. NOTE: If you don't read anything else this week, do read this great review by Iain Boal, the social historian of science and technics at the University of California, Berkeley, of Raj Patel's important book.

Unless you are a corporate food executive, the food system isn't working for you. If you are one of the world's rural poor dependent on agriculture for your livelihood - and roughly half the global population of 6 billion fall into this category - you are likely to be one of the starved. If you are an urban consumer, whether an affluent metropolitan or slum-dwelling industrial labourer, you are likely to be one of the stuffed, suffering from obesity or other diet-related ills. Raj Patel's fascinating first book examines this apparent paradox. His thesis is that the simultaneous existence of nearly 1 billion who are malnourished and nearly 1 billion who are overweight is in fact the inevitable corollary of a system in which a handful of corporations have been allowed to capture the value of the food chain. Moreover, government policies through history have been designed to control our food. Their aim has been to provide cheap food for the urban masses and so prevent dissent at home.

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  1. Sep 15, Raj Patel illuminates the failures of the global food system in Stuffed and Starved, says Felicity Lawrence. Raj Patel's fascinating first book examines this apparent paradox. Patel uses the Mexican experience as one among several telling examples of what has gone wrong.

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