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Hungry for Profit : The Agribusiness Threat to Farmers, Food, and the Environment. - Fred Magdoff

Hungry for Profit

The Agribusiness Threat to Farmers, Food, and the Environment.

By: Fred Magdoff (Editor), John Bellamy Foster (Editor), Frederick H. Buttel (Editor)

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Millions go hungry every year in both poor and rich nations, yet hundreds of thousands of peasants and farmers continue to be pushed off the land. Applied in increasing volumes, chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers deplete the soil, pollute our food and water, and leave crops more vulnerable to pest outbreaks. The new and expanding use of genetically engineered seeds threatens species diversity.

This penetrating set of essays explains why corporate agribusiness is a rising threat to farmers, the environment, and consumers. Ranging in subject from the politics of hunger to the new agricultural biotechnologies, and in time and place from early modern Europe to contemporary Cuba, the contributions to Hungry for Profit examine the changes underway in world agriculture today and point the way toward organic, sustainable solutions to problems of food supply.

An Overviewp. 7
The Agrarian Origins of Capitalismp. 23
Liebig, Marx, and the Depletion of Soil Fertility: Relevance for Today's Agriculturep. 43
Concentration of Ownership and Control in Agriculturep. 61
Ecological Impacts of Industrial Agriculture and the Possibilities for Truly Sustainable Farmingp. 77
The Maturing of Capitalist Agriculture: Farmer as Proletarianp. 93
New Agricultural Biotechnologies: the Struggle for Democratic Choicep. 107
Global Food Politicsp. 125
The Great Global Enclosure of Our Times: Peasants and the Agrarian Question at the End of the Twentieth Centuryp. 145
Organizing U.S. Farm Workers: A Continuous Strugglep. 161
Rebuilding Local Food Systems from the Grassroots Upp. 175
Want Amid Plenty: From Hunger to Inequalityp. 189
Cuba: A Successful Case Study of Sustainable Agriculturep. 203
The Importance of Land Reform in the Reconstruction of Chinap. 215
Appendixp. 231
Contributorsp. 235
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9781583670163
ISBN-10: 1583670165
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 1st September 2000
Publisher: Monthly Review Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.63 x 15.19  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.37