9780745327402

Sick Planet Corporate Food and Medicine

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  • ISBN13:

    9780745327402

  • ISBN10:

    0745327400

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-20
  • Publisher: UCP

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Summary

--Shows that food and drug companies are destroying the planet-- Neoliberals often point to improvements in public health and nutrition as examples of globalisation's success, but this book argues that the corporate food and medicine industries are destroying environments and ruining living conditions across the world. Scientist Stan Cox expertly draws out the strong link between Western big business and environmental destruction. This is a shocking account of the huge damage that drug manufacturers and large food corporations are inflicting on the health of people and crops worldwide. Companies discussed include Wal-Mart, GlaxoSmithKline, Tyson Foods and Monsanto. On issues ranging from the poisoning of water supplies in South Asia to natural gas depletion and how it threatens global food supplies, Cox shows how the demand for profits is always put above the public interest. While individual efforts to "shop for a better world" and conserve energy are laudable, Cox explains that they need to be accompanied by an economic system that is grounded in ecological sustainability if we are to find a cure for our Sick Planet.

Author Biography

Stan Cox is a senior scientist at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. He worked for the US Department of Agriculture from 1984 to 1996 and has a Ph.D. in plant genetics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Health Care's Malignant Growthp. 1
"If they build it, we'll fill it"p. 3
An unhealthy industryp. 6
Growing painsp. 10
Those bad applesp. 13
Green health care?p. 15
The model wealth creatorp. 19
Feeling OK? Are You Sure?p. 21
Disease mongeringp. 22
Direct-to-patient, direct-to-doctorp. 27
Side Effects May be Severep. 34
Colorful Indiap. 36
Side effectsp. 39
Cracking down?p. 42
Swallowing the Earth Wholep. 47
Caution: this diet is not for everyonep. 48
Appearances and realityp. 50
All the fish in the seap. 54
A self-fattening industryp. 63
"Agroterrorists" Can Take a Vacationp. 65
The industrialized farm economyp. 66
Hazards of food productionp. 69
Who wants to take away our freedom?p. 76
Hunger for Natural Gasp. 85
Nitrogen, human existence, and economic logicp. 86
Gas: so good it's badp. 88
Coal: a lousy plan Bp. 91
Full jacuzzis, empty stomachsp. 94
Nitrogen: too little, too muchp. 96
Needs and wantsp. 99
Down-to-a-trickle Economicsp. 103
Dimming, global and localp. 103
Dark horizonp. 107
The 66,000-lb gorilla in the living roomp. 111
Supernatural Foodp. 117
Goliath junior vs. Goliath seniorp. 118
Shop where you work?p. 121
Industrial-strength organicp. 125
Other routesp. 127
A gaping holep. 130
The World is Your Kitchenp. 134
Some of the planet's toughest little moleculesp. 134
Turning up the heat on teflonp. 137
Chemical stewardshipp. 144
Paths of least resistancep. 146
The chemical amnesty programp. 149
Political Impossibility vs. Biological Impossibilityp. 154
Three big booksp. 156
Efficiencyp. 162
The European miragep. 168
Different kinds of impossibilityp. 172
Notesp. 176
Suggested Readingp. 209
Indexp. 213
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