Food Politics

What Everyone Needs to Know®

Author: Robert Paarlberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199322414

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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The politics of food is changing fast. In rich countries, obesity is now a more serious problem than hunger. Consumers once satisfied with cheap and convenient food now want food that is also safe, nutritious, fresh, and grown by local farmers using fewer chemicals. Heavily subsidized and underregulated commercial farmers are facing stronger push back from environmentalists and consumer activists, and food companies are under the microscope. Meanwhile, agricultural success in Asia has spurred income growth and dietary enrichment, but agricultural failure in Africa has left one-third of all citizens undernourished - and the international markets that link these diverse regions together are subject to sudden disruption. The second edition of Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know® has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest developments and research on today's global food landscape, including biofuels, the international food market, food aid, obesity, food retailing, urban agriculture, and food safety. The second edition also features an expanded discussion of the links between water, climate change, and food, as well as farming and the environment. New chapters look at livestock, meat and fish and the future of food politics. Paarlberg's book challenges myths and critiques more than a few of today's fashionable beliefs about farming and food. For those ready to have their thinking about food politics informed and also challenged, this is the book to read. What Everyone Needs to Know® is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.

Food and Agriculture: What Everyone Needs to Know

Author: Robert Paarlberg,F. Bailey Norwood,Michelle S. Calvo-Lorenzo,Sarah Lancaster,Pascal A. Oltenacu

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190269200

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

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In the conversation about the food we eat and where it comes from, this bundle, consisting of Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know and Agricultural and Food Controversies: What Everyone Needs to Know, tackles the questions that arise from conflicting opinions. Reflecting on the latest global food landscape and the most controversial issues in agriculture, these two books provide a wealth of research and information on farming and food.

Global Food Politics and Approaches to Sustainable Consumption: Emerging Research and Opportunities

Emerging Research and Opportunities

Author: Amadi, Luke,Allen, Fidelis

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1799801276

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 242

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Food production and consumption processes are largely governed via control mechanisms that affect food accessibility and environmental efficiency. Food resource marginalization, inequality, and deleterious consumption urgently require new governance and developmental systems that will provide food security and create consumption patterns that protect the natural environment and food resources. Global Food Politics and Approaches to Sustainable Consumption: Emerging Research and Opportunities is an essential reference source that discusses the challenges and solutions of food security and consumption control. Food politics can be linked to persistent challenges of inequitable access, food resource inefficiency, and control and consumption, which form part of the local development realities that can address global sustainable development. While highlighting topics such as rural agriculture, capitalism, and food chain management, this publication is ideally designed for policymakers, sustainable developers, politicians, ecologists, environmentalists, corporate executives, farmers, and academicians seeking current research on the policies and modalities of food efficiency and equality.


Author: Jennifer Clapp

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 074564936X

Category: Science

Page: 218

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Food is one of the most basic resources that humans need for daily survival. Forty percent of the world’s population gains a livelihood from agriculture and we all consume food. Yet control over this fundamental resource is concentrated in relatively few hands. The 2008 food price crisis illustrated both the volatility and vulnerability built into the current global food system; at the height of the crisis, the number of hungry people on the planet climbed to over 1 billion. At the same time, there are serious ecological consequences that stem from an increasingly industrial model of agriculture that has spread worldwide. This book aims to contribute to a fuller understanding of the forces that influence and shape the current global food system. Author Jennifer Clapp explores how corporate control, inequitable international agricultural trade rules, and the financialization of farm commodities have each had a fundamental influence on the practices that dominate today’s global food system. By contrast, farmers and consumers, particularly in the developing world, have had little voice to change the rules of the game. But movements are emerging to challenge the dominant global system. The extent to which these alternative movements can displace it, however, remains to be seen.

Globalization and Food Sovereignty

Global and Local Change in the New Politics of Food

Author: Peter Andree,Jeffrey Ayres,Michael Bosia,Marie-Josee Massicotte

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442696877

Category: Political Science

Page: 392

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In recent years, food sovereignty has emerged as a way of contesting corporate control of agricultural markets in pursuit of a more democratic, decentralized food system. The concept unites individuals, communities, civil society organizations, and even states in opposition to globalizing food regimes. This collection examines expressions of food sovereignty ranging from the direct action tactics of La Vía Campesina in Brazil to the consumer activism of the Slow Food movement and the negotiating stances of states from the global South at WTO negotiations. With each case, the contributors explore how claiming food sovereignty allows individuals to challenge the power of global agribusiness and reject neoliberal market economics. With perspectives drawn from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Australia, Globalization and Food Sovereignty is the first comparative collection to focus on food sovereignty activism worldwide.

Feeding Frenzy

Land Grabs, Price Spikes, and the World Food Crisis

Author: Paul McMahon

Publisher: Greystone Books

ISBN: 1771640146

Category: Political Science

Page: 356

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Feeding Frenzy traces the history of the global food system and reveals the underlying causes of recent turmoil in food markets. Supplies are running short, prices keep spiking, and the media is full of talk of a world food crisis. The turmoil has unleashed some dangerous forces. Food-producing countries are banning exports even if this means starving their neighbors. Governments and corporations are scrambling to secure control of food supply chains. Powerful groups from the Middle East and Asia are acquiring farmland in poor countries to grow food for export — what some call land grabs. This raises some big questions. Can we continue to feed a burgeoning population? Are we running out of land and water? Can we rely on free markets to provide? This book reveals trends that could lead to more hunger and conflict. But Paul McMahon also outlines actions that can be taken to shape a sustainable and just food system.

The Opioid Epidemic

What Everyone Needs to Know

Author: Yngvild Olsen,Joshua M. Sharfstein

Publisher: What Everyone Needs to Know(r)

ISBN: 0190916036

Category: Medical

Page: 344

View: 4992


"The opioid epidemic is responsible for the first sustained decline in U.S. life expectancy since the 1960s. In 2016 alone, about 50,000 Americans died from overdose related to opioids. The Opioid Epidemic: What You Need to Know will cover the basic science of opioids, the nature of addiction, reasons for the opioid epidemic, and effective approaches to helping individuals, families, communities, and national policy. This comprehensive approach will help readers make connections between the experience of individuals and families and critical policy questions. Throughout the text, we will address myths and other misunderstandings with clear and non-judgmental responses. The book will be fact-based, clearly written, and practical in orientation. It will include specific stories and cases from the authors' experience. Our goal is for readers to feel informed and empowered"--

Agricultural and Food Controversies

What Everyone Needs to Know®

Author: F. Bailey Norwood,Pascal A. Oltenacu,Michelle S. Calvo-Lorenzo,Sarah Lancaster

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199368457

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 8831


The world is more interested in issues surrounding agricultural and food issues than ever before. Are pesticides safe? Should we choose locally grown food? Why do some people embrace new agricultural technologies while others steadfastly defend traditional farming methods? In the debates about organic food, genetically modified organisms, and farm animal welfare, it's not always clear what the scientific studies are actually telling us. To understand these controversies and more, the authors of Agricultural and Food Controversies: What Everyone Needs to Know begin by encouraging readers to develop an understanding of how two well-educated people can form radically different opinions about food. Sometimes the disputes are scientific in nature, and sometimes they arise from conflicting ethical views. This book confronts the most controversial issues in agriculture by first explaining the principles of each side of the debate, guiding readers through the scientific literature so that they can form their own educated opinions. Questions asked: - Are organic foods truly better for your health? - Are chemical fertilizers sustainable, or are we producing cheap food at the expense of future generations? - What foods should we eat to have a smaller carbon footprint? - Does buying local food stimulate the local economy? - Why are so many farm animals raised indoors? - Should antibiotics be given to livestock? - Is genetically-modified food the key to global food security, and does it give corporations too much market power? - Is the prevalence of corn throughout the food system the result of farm subsidies? Providing a combination of research and popular opinions on both sides of the issue, Agricultural and Food Controversies: What Everyone Needs to Know allows readers to decide for themselves what they personally value and believe to be important when it comes to their food.

Genetically modified crops in Africa

Economic and policy lessons from countries south of the Sahara

Author: Falck-Zepeda, José Benjamin,Gruère, Guillaume P.,Sithole-Niang, Idah

Publisher: Intl Food Policy Res Inst

ISBN: 0896297950

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

View: 302


A variable climate, political instability, and other constraints have limited agricultural development in African countries south of the Sahara. Genetically modified (GM) crops are one tool for enhancing agricultural productivity and food security despite such constraints. Genetically Modified Crops in Africa: Economic and Policy Lessons from Countries South of the Sahara investigates how this tool might be effectively used by evaluating the benefits, costs, and risks for African countries of adopting GM crops. The authors gather together studies on GM crops’ economic effects and impact on trade, how consumers view such crops, and other issues. They find that GM crops have had, on average, a positive economic effect in the nations where they were used and identify future steps for enhancing GM crop adoption’s positive effects. Promising policy initiatives include making biosafety regulations that do not make GM crop development prohibitively expensive, fostering intraregional trade in GM crops, and providing more and better information about GM crops to consumers who might currently be skeptical of them. These and other findings in Genetically Modified Crops in Africa indicate ways biotechnology can contribute to economic development in Africa south of the Sahara.