The Global Food Economy
The Battle for the Future of Farming
By (author) Tony Weis
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Global Food Economy by Tony 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
Books By Author Tony Weis
Ecological Hoofprint, Paperback (November 2013)» View all books by Tony Weis
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 - Tony Weis
Tony Weis is an associate professor in geography at the University of Western Ontario. He is also the author of The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock (Zed 2013), as well as co-editor of A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice (2014) and Critical Perspectives on Food Sovereignty (2014).
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