Stuffed and Starved

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2012-06-05
  • Publisher: Melville House

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How can starving people also be obese? Why does everything have soy in it? How do petrochemicals and biofuels control the price of food? It's a perverse fact of modern life: There are more starving people in the world than ever before (800 million) while there are also more people overweight (1 billion). To find out how we got to this point and what we can do about it, Raj Patel launched a comprehensive investigation into the global food network. It took him from the colossal supermarkets of California to India's wrecked paddyfields and Africa's bankrupt coffee farms, while along the way he ate genetically engineered soy beans and dodged flying objects in the protestorpacked streets of South Korea. What he found was shocking, from the false choices given us by supermarkets to a global epidemic of farmer suicides, and real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa. Yet he also found great cause for hopein international resistance movements working to create a more democratic, sustainable and joyful food system. Going beyond ethical consumerism, Patel explains, from seed to store to plate, the steps to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of both farmers and consumers, and rebalance global sustenance. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Author Biography

Raj Patel, a fellow at Food First, is a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies. He has worked for the World Bank, WTO, and the UN, and he's also been tear-gassed on four continents protesting them. He is the author of The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. 1
Introductionp. 9
Our Big Fat Contradictionp. 9
Arcadia Lostp. 14
About Joep. 16
An Hourglass Figurep. 19
Ways of Being Freep. 23
The Menu of Chaptersp. 26
A Rural Autopsyp. 29
And on That Farm He Had a Wifep. 29
Crooked Fictionsp. 35
Debtward Hop. 39
After Despairp. 42
Did the WTO Kill Lee Kyung Hae?p. 45
Some Farmers Are Pushedp. 49
But Where Does It Stop?p. 51
You Have Become Mexicanp. 55
NAFTA and Afterp. 56
Corn for the Rich Men Onlyp. 62
Once Were Farmersp. 66
Beyond a Borderp. 70
The Wrong Explanationp. 73
Bringing Agriculture to the City of Angelsp. 79
Lee Againp. 81
'Just a Cry for Bread'p. 83
A Secret History of Refreshmentp. 84
Rhodes' Conundrump. 92
The Cold War for Foodp. 96
After Food Aidp. 99
The World Trade Organizationp. 104
The Customer is Our Enemy: A Brief Introduction to Food System Businessp. 107
Permanent Banana Republic: The United Fruit Companyp. 107
Varieties of Consolidationp. 110
The Market for Political Favourp. 116
Dwayne Andreas and the Currying of National Interestp. 119
Better Living through Chemistryp. 129
The Knowledge and the Initiativep. 130
Who Knows Whatp. 141
Corporations Address the Needs of the Poorp. 145
I'd Like to Thank the Academyp. 151
For Africa!p. 156
Making up Makhathinip. 162
Better Through Living Chemistryp. 167
Glycine Rexp. 173
Secret Ingredientp. 173
A Whole Hill of Beansp. 176
Learning the Soy Sambap. 181
The Perfect Stormp. 188
Blairo Maggi-Poster Soyp. 194
The View from Afarp. 201
The Perils of National Developmentp. 208
The World's Most Important Social Movementp. 211
Bringing It Homep. 219
Checking out of Supermarketsp. 221
The Self-Serving Storep. 222
Almost Orwellp. 229
666 and All Thatp. 232
Discipline in the Aislesp. 236
Walmartp. 237
Supply Chain-gangsp. 242
The Contradictions of Conveniencep. 243
Every Cloud Has a Redliningp. 248
Shelves of Lovep. 250
In the Garden of the Black Panthersp. 253
Chosen by Bunniesp. 259
On Places and Taste and Foodp. 259
Food Is from Marsp. 261
Wheat is Murderp. 265
Hooked on TV Dinnersp. 268
The Now of Chowp. 272
War on the Obesep. 278
Feeling the Burnp. 283
Your Pace or Mine?p. 286
Anti-Malbouffep. 292
Conclusionp. 299
Inside the Hourglassp. 299
It's Just We, Ourselves and Usp. 306
Follow the Leaderp. 321
Notesp. 325
Referencesp. 367
Acknowledgementsp. 403
Permissionsp. 409
Indexp. 411
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