The Global Food Economy
The Battle for the Future of Farming
By (author) Anthony Weis
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Global Food Economy by Anthony Weis
Book DescriptionThe Global Food Economy examines the human and ecological cost of what we eat. The current food economy is characterized by immense contradictions. Surplus 'food mountains', bountiful supermarkets, and rising levels of obesity stand in stark contrast to widespread hunger and malnutrition. Transnational companies dominate the market in food and benefit from subsidies, whilst farmers in developing countries remain impoverished. Food miles, mounting toxicity and the 'ecological hoofprint' of livestock mean that the global food economy rests on increasingly shaky environmental foundations. This book looks at how such a system came about, and how it is being enforced by the WTO. Ultimately, Weis considers how we can find a way of building socially just, ecologically rational and humane food economies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781842777954
(216mm x 138mm x 138mm)
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This book explains how the phenomenal growth and industrialization of livestock production is a central part of the accelerating biophysical contradictions of industrial capitalist agriculture and of ongoing and future food crises.
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Author Biography - Anthony Weis
Tony Weis (Ph.D., Queen's University) is Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Western Ontario, Canada. His research is principally interested in examining how global agrarian change is interacting with the spatial marginality of small farmers, related social and environmental problems, and struggles for land reform. He has published in various journals, including the Journal of Peasant Studies, Capital and Class, the Journal of Agrarian Change, Capital, Nature, Socialism, and Global Environmental Change.
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