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Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

by Raj Patel (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
Journalist and scholar Patel (Promised Land: Competing Visions of Agrarian
Reform) focuses attention on the unfortunate irony of the current world food
situation, in which the imbalance of world resources has created an epidemic of
obesity in some parts of the world while millions in the "Global South" endure
starvation. To make sense of the situation, Patel addresses the entire system of
global food production, distribution and sale, concluding that "unless you're a
corporate food executive, the food system isn't working for you." "Record levels
of diet-related disease" plague consumers, cruel market realities (and
unsympathetic officials) doom farmers, and communities are beset by a
supermarket system that provides "cheap calories" while "bleeding local
economies." Patel analyzes what can be done, presenting logical recommendations
and strategies for individuals-eat locally, seasonally, and ecologically;
support local business, workers' rights, and living wages; create a sustainable
food system-though several primary components of his big vision (including
ending agribusiness subsidies and corporate farming, and levying a tax on
processed foods) are clearly a long way off. Those concerned about global
health, social justice and the environment will be aware of many of the issues
presented here, but should still find much to learn.
Product Description

“One of the most dazzling books I have read in a very long time. The product of
a brilliant mind and a gift to a world hungering for justice.”—Naomi Klein,
author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine

Half the world is malnourished, the other half obese—both symptoms of the
corporate food monopoly. To show how a few powerful distributors control the
health of the entire world, Raj Patel conducts a global investigation, traveling
from the “green deserts” of Brazil and protester-packed streets of South Korea
to bankrupt Ugandan coffee farms and barren fields of India. What he uncovers is
shocking—the real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa, an epidemic of farmer
suicides, and the false choices and conveniences in supermarkets. Yet he also
finds hope—in international resistance movements working to create a more
democratic, sustainable, and joyful food system.

From seed to store to plate, Stuffed and Starved explains the steps to regain
control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of farmers and
consumers, and rebalance global sustenance.

RAJ PATEL, policy analyst for Food First, a leading food think tank, is a
visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies. He has written
for the Los Angeles Times and the Guardian, and though he has worked for the
World Bank, WTO, and the UN, he’s also been tear-gassed on four continents
protesting them.

Product Details

Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Melville House; 398 edition (April 25, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933633492



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