Raj Patel on Changing the Global Food System by David Bollier

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by David Bollier
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July 13, 2012

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Raj Patel has been tracking the pathologies of the global food system for many years.  An activist and academic who teaches at the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies, Patel has just published a second, updated edition of his 2008 book, Stuffed and Starved The Hidden Battle for the World Food System.

The problem with the food system is not that we don’t produce enough calories to eradicate hunger, Patel notes.  It’s that the food system has its own priorities of institutional consolidation and profit, which means that more than 1 billion people in the world are malnourished and 2 billion are overweight – which is worse than when the first edition of Patel’s book came out.

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Raj Patel: Food Rebellions + Transcript

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Raj Patel is a writer, activist, and academic, focusing on the global food system and food justice. He is currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies, a fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and a fellow with organization Food First.

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Raj Patel: Global food justice

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AlJazeeraEnglish | November 25, 2010

With more than one billion people around the world considered overweight, why are so many others still starving and struggling to fill their plates?

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Using food as a weapon by Nicole Colson

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Nicole Colson explains how food–something that should be a basic human right–is instead used as a tool for profit, as laid out in the new book Stuffed and Starved.

SocialistWorker.org
December 18, 2008

IN THE midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, some companies are finding that business is booming.

Fast-food giant McDonald’s Corp., for example, announced recently that its global sales jumped 7.7 percent in November (4.5 percent in the U.S. alone)–after rising 8.2 percent in October. The sales increases were mainly based on breakfast items and an increase in purchases from the chain’s “dollar menu.”

And McDonald’s is not alone. According to the New York Times, workers at Hormel Foods Corporation have been working seven days a week since July to meet increased demand for the canned-meat product Spam. Spam “seems to do well when hard times hit,” said Dan Bartel, business agent for the union local. In this recession, he added, “We’ll probably see Spam lines instead of soup lines.”

While some economists point to these examples as bright spots in an otherwise bleak economy, the truth is that the proliferation of cheap, nutritionally dubious food is one side of a global food system that is set up not to adequately feed the world’s population but to create maximum profits–at the expense of our lives and health.

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A Man-Made Famine + Stuffed & Starved: Interview with Raj Patel

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By Raj Patel
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04/16/08 “The Guardian

There are many causes behind the world food crisis, but one chief villain: World Bank head, Robert Zoellick

For anyone who understands the current food crisis, it is hard to listen to the head of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, without gagging.

Earlier this week, Zoellick waxed apocalyptic about the consequences of the global surge in prices, arguing that free trade had become a humanitarian necessity, to ensure that poor people had enough to eat. The current wave of food riots has already claimed the prime minister of Haiti, and there have been protests around the world, from Mexico, to Egypt, to India.

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