Magazine article New Internationalist

The Food Wars

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Food Wars

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The Food Wars

by Waiden Bello Verso ISBN 978-1-84467-331-5)

According to the gospel of corporate globalization, only large-scale farming methods can feed the world. Well, just as the real-estate mess burst one capitalist bubble, so The Food Wars shows that another has already exploded. Agribusiness and supermarkets control an unprecedented extent of the food chain, yet hunger and food prices have soared. Filipino activist-academic Waiden Bello traces the causes of today's food crisis back to the World Bank's strategy of structural adjustment, which was applied to around 90 countries in the South. Small farmers and local producers were marginalized as exportorientated food production was promoted and foreign corporations privileged. The result: loss of food security in many parts of the South. …

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