Half the world is stuffed, half of it is starved. How can this be? With a world food crisis going on, food policy expert, journalist, and author Raj Patel traces the causes from farm to fork, revealing startling truths about a greatly flawed food system that is dominated by a few, but powerful, major corporations.
Author of the international bestseller Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, Patel exposes how the food market is structured between consumers, farmers, and a handful of corporations in-between. Ultimately, it is the power of these modern food giants that influence the environmental, social, and economic factors that determine how food ends up on tables throughout the world.
Intelligent and thought-provoking, Patel follows our food from seed to store to plate. Examining the scope of hunger and globalization, he explains the steps necessary to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of farmers and consumers, and rebalance global sustenance. Taking aim at supermarkets and financial institutions that perpetuate these inequalities, he suggests ways we can bypass the industrial food system and get back in touch with what we eat and the people who produce it.
Moving from the ongoing food crisis to our nation's economic collapse, Patel explores cost and value in his latest book, The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy. Hailed as a thought-provoking piece that deeply probes the nations economic structure, Patel discusses the economy's collapse and paints a clear picture of how achieving a fairer society and sustainable economy are possible.
The Value of Nothing: Markets and Democracy in a Time of Crisis
The current economic, ecological, and food crises reveal how a handful of people have made some very bad choices. Fund managers profited from building a financial house of cards, leaving the public to pay the price of their mistakes for the next 30 years.
To draw attention to how free-market fundamentalism has distorted the way we value our world, Patel claims that the true price of a hamburger is $200 when one factors in hidden environmental and health costs. There is something broken at the heart of the price system, and there has been for years even the earliest economists and philosophers understood the need for limits to unfettered capitalism and the animal spirits of the market.
In order to end our blind compliance with the ideology of the free market and the empire of prices, Patel asks us to reconsider how we might use democracy to reclaim markets so that they work for, rather than against, social change. In this highly engaging and inspiring call for action, Patel shows how social movements in America and around the world have managed to limit the free market by exercising democratic rights.
What's Stopping Us from Becoming Food Sovereign?