Raj Patel discusses Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System.
Half the world is malnourished, the other half obese—both symptoms of the corporate food monopoly. To show how a few powerful distributors control the health of the entire world, Raj Patel conducts a global investigation. What he uncovers is shocking—the real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa, an epidemic of farmer suicides, and the false choices and conveniences in supermarkets. Yet he also finds hope—in international resistance movements working to create a more democratic, sustainable, and joyful food system. From seed to store to plate, Stuffed and Starved explains the steps to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of farmers and consumers, and rebalance global sustenance- Cody's Books
Raj Patel holds a doctorate in Sociology from Cornell University and has worked at the World Bank, World Trade Organization, and the United Nations.
He is a writer and activist concerned with land reform politics, development studies, and food sovereignty. He authored Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. His most recent book, The Value of Nothing, was on The New York Times best-seller list during February 2010.
Raj Patel, former policy analyst for Food First, discusses the effects of soy production in Brazil, the world's largest soy exporter, including rain forest degradation, damage to water sources, and slavery. Patel draws a comparison between the global food market and the market for oil.
Raj Patel, former policy analyst for Food First, discusses the plight of Indian farmers, including tens of thousands of farmer suicides per year. In sharp contrast to the country's booming tech economy, failing food production is leading many farmers into debt and despair.
Raj Patel, former policy analyst for Food First, explains how supermarkets are engineered for the manipulation of the consumer, describing coercion tactics used by supermarkets and the inherent loss of freedom experienced by consumers as a result.
Agriculture operated by business; specifically, that part of a modern national economy devoted to the production, processing, and distribution of food and fibre products and byproducts. Commercial farming has largely supplanted the family farm in production of cash crops. Some food-processing firms that operate farms have begun to market fresh produce under their brand names. In recent years, conglomerates involved in nonagricultural businesses have entered agribusiness by buying and operating large farms.
Brilliant presentation, smart and funny. I had seen Raj previously on Bloggingheads where also impressed.
I'm still unsure as to what the practical solutions to the food crisis are and I'm unsure whether a grassroots movement can deliver the adjustments that seem to be required.