The Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming|
by Tony Weis (Author)
This book sets out some answers to the question: how can we build an
ecologically sustainable and humane system of food production and distribution?
The modern food economy is a paradox. Surplus 'food mountains' sit alongside
global malnutrition and the developed world subsidizes its own agriculture while
pressurizing the developing world to liberalize at all costs. Export competition
is increasingly aggressive whilst the reliance on imports in many countries has
worrying implications for food security. Family farms go out of business and
dispossessed peasant farmers are driven into urban slums. The WTO's uneven
application of neoliberal economics to food production is relatively new, and
the consequences of mounting deficits, rising 'food miles', and social upheaval,
are untested but ominous.
About the Author
Tony Weiss is Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Zed Books (August 21, 2007)