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Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World Food System Free download ¿ 107 Ò How can starving people also be obeseWhy does everything have soy in itHow do petrochemicals and biofuels control the price of foodIt's a perverse fact of modern life There How can starving people also be obeseWhy does everything have soy in itHow do petrochemicals and biofuels control the price of foodIt's a perverse fact of modern life There are starving people in the world than ever before 800 million while there are also people overweight 1 billionTo find out how we got to this point and what we can do about it Raj Patel launched a comprehensive investigation into. I really wanted to like this book I really wanted to read it to the last page without skimming The subject matter is fascinating to me the food politics of the US and the rest of the world It seem that Patel and I have a lot of similar opinions about many things such as the WTO NAFTA and the UN However we do not agree on why we do not like them However what he suggests to do about it is nearly the opposite of what I would do policy wise I was also a bit turned off by the extent of his suggestion that we are completely controlled by a huge big brother who removes the element and definition of choice from our minds He draws a straight line between two points that have a very complicated path between them in my opinion I believe there are many causes of world poverty and lifestyle choices but he indicates to us that there is one source and changing that one source will change the problemsAnd I hate to admit it but it was too boring for me The facts were fascinating but the editing job was poor and allowed the author to ramble on about a subject for too long I am thinking about trying again when I have time to give it the focus it needs

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Nd real reasons for famine in Asia and AfricaYet he also found great cause for hope in international resistance movements working to create a 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 sustenanc. The public understanding of where our food comes from is deeply misinformed rooted in a pastoral myth than in reality The real story of our supermarket shelves is complex but in Stuffed and Starved Raj Patel expertly guides the reader through the systems of modern food production to reveal the profound injustice ingrained in their structureWe enter this narrative with stories of farmer suicides a rising trend in the global south as and farmers find themselves in inescapable debt to international agrochemical corporations and forced off the land that has been in their families for generations an unbearable dishonor To understand why families that were able to sustain themselves and their communities from the richness of the land for thousands of years are now finding themselves in such dire straights we must widen our perception to look at the global economy and see the wider influence of debt in this destruction of local food systemsThe large national debts of the global south put these countries at the mercy of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund who leverage their power to force these countries to remove import taxes that protect local food producers As a result local markets become flooded with surplus crops from the United States that are produced under huge subsidies Undercut by these crops local farmers find themselves no longer able to make a living by feeding their communities Instead their only recourse is to produce exportable cash crops like corn cotton and soy which despite their name yield low returns Additionally as these farmers are forced to cater to the demands of international crop distributers rather than the needs of their own communities farmers are pressured into growing monoculture crops with unsustainable practices just to surviveWhereas in local food production prices vary with perceptible community supply and demand the prices fetched by cash crops vary wildly and inexplicable with the fluctuations of the global market based on speculation and international trade agreements These fluctuations uickly bankrupt small scale farmers In this environment only industrial operations can survive As the profits from these industrial operations are siphoned to tax havens communities are left bankrupted unable to afford even the heavily subsidized corn syrup based products available to themThus we are left with the great paradox of our modern world surrounded by incredibly fertile land thousands of people starve to death every dayAgainst this structural violence farmers around the world have begun to organize themselves under the banner of la Via Campesina the Peasant Way The rallying cry of this group is food sovereignty which is their right to own the land that they work to have access to local markets and to not by abusively undercut by heavily subsidized crop surpluses By protecting local food markets these groups seek to stabilize the economies of the global south so that meaningful development is possible We can stand in solidarity with these groups by forcing our government to abandon abusive free trade agreements and subsidies to industrial agribusiness In this way we can start to shift the balance of power in the food system away from international agribusiness and back toward food producers and consumersFor anyone that buys fair trade coffee or prefers organic produce this book is a must read After all it is only when our food choices are informed that they can be meaningful

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Stuffed and Starved Markets Power and the Hidden Battle for the World Food SystemThe global food network It took him from the colossal supermarkets of California to India's wrecked paddy–fields and Africa's bankrupt coffee farms while along the way he ate genetically engineered soy beans and dodged flying objects in the protestor–packed streets of South KoreaWhat he found was shocking from the false choices given us by supermarkets to a global epidemic of farmer suicides a. This book differs from other food politics books I've read in that it addresses the issues from a much global perspective I learned a lot about peasantfarmer movements and really found that first part of the book pretty engaging Things start to fall apart however when Patel starts to move into urban US issues health issues slow food movement etc These parts of the book aren't very well developed and by the end I started to wonder if the author didn't feel like he had to have an opinion about everything no matter how irrelevant to everything else on the page No matter how preachy it sounds No matter how much it might contradict what he said 10 pages ago No matter if anyone could ever conceivably careMaybe there was just too much information to process in too few pages but even after stretching this one out for over a month I was relieved to finish This book does a lot to expand the discussion beyond food miles and health issues but it covers such a breadth of subject matter in such a scathing tone that it gets downright frustrating