The Politics of World Hunger: Grass-Roots Politics and World Poverty

By Paul Simon; Arthur Simon | Go to book overview

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Food or Clean Air ?

As the need for development grows more urgent, poor countries face an additional handicap: the cost of pollution control. The campaign to save our environment mounts pressure against those countries to pay an extra price, as they industrialize, for not duplicating the bad habits of the West.

In reality two environmental campaigns are going on. One centers primarily on protecting nature and its ecosystems. The second concerns itself with social ecosystems that produce hunger, disease, and crowded hovels. By logic these two indispensable campaigns deserve to unite and strengthen each other. They could instead collide.

The first campaign is being waged by those who are not so poor. One must surmise from their rhetoric that some of them are more, indignant about smog than about slums, more worried about the mistreatment of animals and lakes than about mistreated people. The effect of this may be to pit the rights of nature against human rights. A higher passion for nature is not surprising, because most U.S. citizens suffer from its abuse. Fewer of us are

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  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • A Note to the Reader xix
  • Part 1 - Hunger, Population, and Poverty 1
  • 1 - Establishing a Point of View 3
  • 2 - The Hungry Majority 19
  • 3 - The Poor Have More 45
  • 4 - A Widening Gap 71
  • Part II - The Way Out 79
  • 5 - The Development Struggle 81
  • 6 - Agricultural Development 91
  • 7 - Industrial Development 98
  • 8 - Trade 104
  • 9 - Economic Assistance 109
  • 10 - Models of Development 114
  • 11 - Food or Clean Air ? 129
  • Part III - U.S. Policy 143
  • 12 - The Rediscovery of America 145
  • 13 - Trade, Free and Fair 154
  • 14 - Profits Abroad 161
  • 15 - Foreign Aid: a Case of Intentions 167
  • 16 - Let Them Eat Missiles 183
  • Part IV - A Program for Action 195
  • 17 - Proposal for Global Development 197
  • 18 - Political Nuts and Bolts 213
  • Index 239
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