Stuffed and Starved

Stuffed and Starved

Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World Food System

Book - 2008?
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For those with enough money—and that’s most of us in wealthier countries—life is good. We can eat almost anything we want, regardless of where it comes from, what season it is or how much it costs. The world is our dish, laden with more foods than we’ve ever seen in history and more calories than we know what to do with. A continent away, there are more bloated bellies, but this time from malnutrition—seemingly due to a scarcity of food. But these two contrasting worlds are linked, deeply and inextricably. In a timely look at the entire global food chain, Stuffed and Starved asks us to think about the way our food comes to us, to understand how our supermarket shopping makes us complicit in denying freedom to the world’s poorest and to recognize how we ourselves are poisoned by our choices.

Raj Patel, an author uniquely qualified to take a long, broad view of world food production, looks at food systems—the machine most of us don’t even know exists—and the web made up of corporations, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, farmers’ groups, government agencies and corporate lobbyists. From farm to fork, Patel travels to rural collectives in Brazil, investigates the all-powerful distribution networks, serves up the specific journeys of coffee, soy and high-fructose corn syrup, and visits the kitchens of fast-food restaurants. What he uncovers is the shocking story of commercial greed and helpless hunger that is a key ingredient in everything we eat.

Stuffed and Starved is one of the most shocking investigations into the “haves” feeding off the “have-nots” and a compelling look at how we all suffer the consequences of a food system cooked to a corporate recipe.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, [2008?]
ISBN: 9780002008112
Branch Call Number: 338.19 Pat
Characteristics: ix, 438 p. : ill.
Alternative Title: Stuffed and starved


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Aug 24, 2012

This book is heavy on the detail of the world food system, mostly from an economical standpoint. It uses a lot of financial and political terms, which I personally found difficult to understand and was unable to finish reading the book because of that. I would recommend this to people who already have a general idea about the topic and are looking for more in-depth information.

May 14, 2010

i'd be more interested in this book if it had spent a larger portion of the book proposing concrete solutions/suggestions, rather than decrying well documented problems.

also - it is so one sided. the solutions that patel DOES propose create problems in their own right - a truly "fair" discussion and assessment of the international food system would pay attention to these trade offs too. i tend to lean left, but i don't think that ignoring such challenges does anybody any favours.

Jan 21, 2010

Timely, incisive work. Must read for everyone.

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