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The global food economy is riven with contradictions. Rising levels of obesity in the developed world stand in stark contrast to widespread hunger and malnutrition in the global South. Transnational companies dominate the market and benefit from lucrative subsidies, whilst farmers in developing countries become ever more impoverished. Food miles, mounting toxicity and the 'ecological hoofprint' of livestock have turned agribusiness into one of the leading contributors to climate change, with humanity's food supply resting on ever more precarious foundations.
In the time since Tony Weis's highly influential work was first published, the situation has only become more volatile. The intervening years have seen food riots in over thirty countries, an explosion in biofuels and GM crops, and mounting evidence of a looming environmental catastrophe. In this thoroughly updated and expanded new edition guide to the issues affecting world food production, Weis explains how such an unequal and unsustainable system came about, and how it has been facilitated by governments driven by free market dogma.
Ultimately, Weis looks to how we might build a more socially just, ecologically rational and humane food economy, with this new edition serving as timely reminder of just why these struggles are so urgent.
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1. The Global Food Economy: Contradictions and Crises
2. The Temperate Grain-Oilseed-Livestock Complex
3. From Colonialism to Global Market Integration in the South
4. Entrenching an Uneven Playing Field: The Multilateral Transnational Regulation of Agriculture
5. The Battle for the Future of Farming
Tony Weis is an associate professor in geography at the University of Western Ontario. He is also the author of The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock (Zed 2013), as well as co-editor of A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice (2014) and Critical Perspectives on Food Sovereignty (2014).