176 pages, 1 index
The world's food supply is in the grip of a profound crisis. Humanity's ability to feed itself is threatened by a wasteful, globalized agricultural industry, whose relentless pursuit of profit is stretching our planet's ecosystems to breaking point. Rising food prices have fuelled instability across the world, while industrialized agriculture has contributed to a health crisis of massive proportions, with effects ranging from obesity and diabetes to cancers caused by pesticides.
In Who Really Feeds the World?, leading environmentalist Vandana Shiva rejects the dominant, greed-driven paradigm of industrial agriculture, arguing instead for a radical rethink of our relationship with food and with the environment. Industrial agriculture can never be truly sustainable, but it is within our power to create a food system that works for the health and well-being of the planet and all humanity, by developing ecologically friendly farming practices, nurturing biodiversity, and recognizing the invaluable role that small farmers can play in feeding a hungry world.
"One of the world's most prominent radical scientists."
– The Guardian
"A world leading expert on food sustainability."
– Refinery 29
"The South's best-known environmentalist."
– New Internationalist
"If humans survive this century, it will be in no small measure due to the work of Vandana Shiva, one of today's most important writers, thinkers, and activists. Her work is relentlessly compassionate, courageous, and bitingly clear. This profound book should be required reading for anyone who grows – or eats – food."
– Derrick Jensen, author of The Myth of Human Supremacy
1. Agroecology feeds the world, not a violent knowledge paradigm
2. Living soil feeds the world, not chemical fertilizers
3. Bees and butterflies feed the world, not poisons and pesticides
4. Biodiversity feeds the world, not toxic monocultures
5. Small-scale farmers feed the world, not large-scale industrial farms
6. Seed freedom feeds the world, not seed dictatorship
7. Localization feeds the world, not globalization
8. Women feed the world, not corporations
9. The way forward
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Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned environmental leader and thinker, is director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology and Ecology. Her many books include Ecofeminism (with Maria Mies, Zed Books, 2014), Earth Democracy (Zed Books, 2016), and Staying Alive (2016). She is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (1993).