Stuffed And Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World's Food System

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HarperCollins Canada, Jun 1, 2010 - Social Science - 448 pages
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At no other time in history have people in wealthy countries had so much choice and so much abundance in what to eat. But in countries locked in a vicious cycle of poverty, there is no choice. There is no food.

Raj Patel shows us that these two extremes are deeply and inextricably linked. In Stuffed and Starved, he asks us to think about the way our food comes to us, to understand how what we buy directly affects the world’s poorest citizens and to recognize how we ourselves are poisoned by our choices. Patel gives us a broad view of the global food industry and the all-encompassing machine composed of organizations such as the World Bank and the WTO, corporate lobbyists, government agencies and the all-powerful distribution networks. He also traces the specific journey of coffee, soy and high-fructose corn syrup, from the fields to the kitchens of fast-food restaurants. Stuffed and Starved is a shocking and timely story of commercial greed, desperate hunger and inspirational alternatives to the current food system.


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User Review  - stipe168 - LibraryThing

Too socio-economical for my taste. It reads like a text book. I mean, its interesting, but i can't trick myself into thinking i'll get too much out of it. It requires a high attention span, even higher for one who doesn't remember if he's taken an economics class or not. Read full review

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User Review  - metamariposa - LibraryThing

This is a great overview of the many problems with our current precarious food stuation and the ways in which policy shapes our palates! I found some of the examples lacking in detail, and much of the ... Read full review


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Raj Patel was educated at Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University. He is currently a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy in Oakland, California, a visiting researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and a visiting scholar at the Center for African Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked for the World Bank, interned at the WTO, consulted for the UN and been involved in international campaigns against his former employers. Visit Raj Patel at

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