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The Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming

By: Anthony Weis

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Paperback | Jun 2007 | #162073 | ISBN-13: 9781842777954
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Hardback | Jun 2007 | #162074 | ISBN-13: 9781842777947
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About this book

The modern food economy is a paradox. Surplus 'food mountains' sit alongside global malnutrition and the developed world subsidizes its own agriculture while pressurizing the developing world to liberalize at all costs. Export competition is increasingly aggressive whilst the reliance on imports in many countries has worrying implications for food security. Family farms go out of business and dispossessed peasant farmers are driven into urban slums. The WTO's uneven application of neoliberal economics to food production is relatively new, and the consequences of mounting deficits, rising 'food miles', and social upheaval, are untested but ominous.

This book sets out some answers to the ultimate question: how can we build an ecologically sustainable and humane system of food production and distribution?


Contents

PrefaceChapter 1 - The Global Food Economy: Contradictions and CrisesChapter 2 - The Temperate Grain-Livestock ComplexChapter 3 - From Colonialism to Global Market Integration in the SouthChapter 4 - Entrenching an Uneven Playing Field: The Multilateral Regulation of AgricultureChapter 5 - The Battle for the Future of FarmingBibliographyNotesIndex

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Biography

Tony Weiss is Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Educated at Wilfrid Laurier and Queen's University, he is particularly interested in development policy and practice, and political ecology. He has published in various scholarly and other journals, including the Canadian Journal of Development Studies, the Journal of Agrarian Change, Global Environmental Change, and Capital, Nature, Socialism. This is his first book.

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