Stuffed and Starved - changes for a better food system

01 Mar 2013 Comments 0

Book highlight: Raj Patel - Stuffed and Starved

2007, Portobello Books


Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World’s Food System

Half the world is malnourished, the other half obese—both symptoms of the corporate food monopoly. To show how a few powerful distributors control the health of the entire world, Raj Patel conducts a global investigation, traveling from the “green deserts” of Brazil and protester-packed streets of South Korea to bankrupt Ugandan coffee farms and barren fields of India. What he uncovers is shocking—the real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa, an epidemic of farmer suicides, and the false choices and conveniences in supermarkets. Yet he also finds hope—in international resistance movements working to create a more democratic, sustainable, and joyful food system.

From seed to store to plate,Stuffed and Starvedexplains the steps to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of farmers and consumers, and rebalance global sustenance.


10 steps towards a better food system:

  1. Transform our tastes
  2. Eat locally and seasonally
  3. Eat agroecologically
  4. Support locally owned businesses
  5. All workers have the right to dignity
  6. Profound and comprehensive rural change
  7. Living wages for all
  8. Support for a sustainable architecture for food
  9. Snapping the food system's bottleneck
  10. Owning and providing restitution for the injustices of the past and present.


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