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The Great Climate Robbery

The great climate robbery: how the food system drives climate change and what we can do about it

By: GRAIN (Author)

Spinifex Press

Paperback | Jan 2016 | #232853 | ISBN-13: 9781742199917
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The Great Climate Robbery provides valuable information about how the industrial food system causes climate change, how food and agribusiness corporations are getting away with it, and what can be done to turn things around. The various chapters in this collection document the ill effects of this industrial food system such as the growing hunger, the destruction of rural peoples' livelihoods, the loss of biodiversity and cultures, the exploitation of labour and a range of health calamities.

This timely anthology by the international NGO GRAIN shows how food sovereignty is critical to any lasting and just solution to climate change. With governments, particularly those from the main polluting countries, abdicating their responsibility to deal with the problem, it has become ever more critical for people to take action into their own hands. Changing the food system is perhaps the most important and effective place to start.

"It's about time that the role agriculture plays in the climate crisis – and the role it could play in the solution – got a concentrated dose of attention. This is fine work that will provoke much new activism!"
– Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

This book is a must read for movements addressing climate change as well as seed and food Sovereignty. It shows that industrial corporate agriculture is a major part of the climate crisis, and small scale ecological farming is a significant solution. It also alerts us to the false solutions being offered by those who created the problem – the Exxons of agriculture."
– Vandana Shiva, author of Soil, Not Oil, Making Peace with the Earth

"Food, land and seeds: protecting them is as essential to climate justice as rooftop solar, wind co-ops, or democratic public transit. This book lifts up the voices of indigenous and peasant farmers around the world, comprehensively explaining why their fight to stop the industrial food juggernaut is the same as the fight for a habitable, just planet."
– Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine


1. Food and climate change: the forgotten link
1.1 How the industrial food system contributes to the climate crisis
1.2 Food sovereignty: five steps to cool the planet
1.3 The Exxons of agriculture
1.4 How REDD+ projects undermine peasant farming and real solutions to climate change
1.5 Trade deals boosting climate change: the food factor

Hungry for land
2.1 The solution to climate change is in our lands
2.2 Family farm stories are not the fairy tales we’re being told
2.3 Hungry for land: small farmers feed the world with less than one-quarter of all farmland
2.4 Squeezing Africa dry: behind every land grab is a water grab
2.5 Asia’s agrarian reform in reverse: laws taking land out of small farmers’ hands
2.6 The landgrabbers of the Nacala Corridor
2.7 Socially responsible farmland investment: a growing trap

The struggle for seeds
3.1 Seed laws that criminalise farmers
3.2 Trade deals and farmers’ seeds
3.3 GMOs: Feeding or fooling the world?
3.4 Yvapuruvu Declaration: seed laws – resisting dispossession

Controlling the food system
4.1 Corporations replace peasants in China’s new food security agenda
4.2 Defending people’s milk in India
4.3 Food sovereignty for sale: supermarkets and dwindling people’s power over food and farming in Asia
4.4 How does the Gates Foundation spend its money to feed the world?
4.5 Planet palm oil: peasants pay the price for cheap vegetable oil
4.6 Free trade and Mexico’s junk food epidemic

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