Eric Holt-Giménez: Do Foodies Need to Know About Capitalism?

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A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism

FoodFirstVideo on Nov 15, 2017

Do foodies need to know about capitalism? Eric Holt-Giménez of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) introduces his new book. Visit for more information.

A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism: Understanding Food Waste

FoodFirstVideo on Nov 30, 2017

Why do we waste 40% of the food we grow? Eric Holt-Giménez, author of “A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism” discusses how our food system is designed to overproduce. To order your copy of “A Foodie’s Guide,” visit


Food Literacy for All 2018: Eric Holt-Giménez – January 16th

UMSustainableFood Systems Initiative on Jan 18, 2018

“Do Foodies Need to Know About Capitalism?” Everyone who wants to end hunger, who wants to eat good, clean, healthy food, needs to understand capitalism. This talk will address how our food system and capitalism co-evolved. Using political economics we will discuss why—even as local, organic, and gourmet food have spread around the world—billions go hungry in the midst of abundance; why obesity is a global epidemic; and why land-grabbing, global warming, and environmental pollution are increasing. We’ll discuss the potential and the pitfalls of organic and community-supported agriculture, certified fair trade, microfinance, land trusts, agrarian reform, cooperatives, and food aid. We also learn about the convergence of growing social movements using the food system to challenge capitalism. How did racism, classism, and patriarchy become structural components of our food system? Why is a rational agriculture incompatible with the global food regime? Can transforming our food system transform capitalism? These are questions that can only be addressed by first understanding how capitalism works.

[Eric begins at 3:52 minutes]

see also:

Why the food movement needs to understand capitalism, from the Introduction to A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat (Monthly Review Press, 2017)

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What Would Happen If We All Refused To Go Quietly To The Slaughterhouse? + The Roots of Resistance

U.S. Air Force’s Ability to Deliver Death But Not Food Is A Choice by David Swanson

Helena Norberg-Hodge: The Right to Fresh, Healthy Food is a Fundamental Human Right

Food Stamps Cut As Hunger Rises by Kathy Durkin

Let Them Eat…Nothing At All by Marlene Martin + New Report Finds 1 in 6 in U.S. are Going Hungry

Jean Ziegler: Every Child Who Dies of Hunger Is Murdered, Translated by Siv O’Neall

The Financialization of Food and the Profitability of Poverty by Andrew Gavin Marshall

Supermarkets: What Price Cheap Food? (must-see)

Q&A: Lack of Food Is a “Persistent Myth”

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  3. It’s that plus the disaster of animal agriculture on the environment. We need to move to a plant based diet. Our planet cannot sustain the current trends: 80% of land used for 18% of calories (meat), 96% of mammals are food from industrial animal agriculture, the obesity epidemic from a meat and dairy diet. We are flushing our prime topsoil down the Mississippi…

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