Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know

Paperback | August 28, 2013

byRobert Paarlberg

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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 andunderregulated 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-thirdof all citizens undernourished - and the international markets that link these diverse regions together are subject to sudden disruption. The second edition of Food Politics 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 featuresan 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.

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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 andunderregulated commercial farmers are facing str...

Robert Paarlberg is Betty Freyhof Johnson Class of 1944 Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. A leading authority on food policy, his books include Starved for Science, Policy Refo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition1. An Overview of Food Politics2. Food Production and Population Growth3. The Politics of High Food Prices4. The Politics of Chronic Hunger and Famine5. The Politics of Food Aid and Development Assistance6. The Green Revolution Controversy7. The Politics of Obesity8. The Politics of Farm Subsidies and Trade9. Farming, the Environment, Climate Change, and Water10. Livestock, Meat, and Fish11. Agribusiness, Supermarkets, and Fast Food12. Organic and Local Food13. Food Safety and Genetically Engineered Food14. Who Governs the World Food System?15. The Future of Food PoliticsGlossaryList of Acronyms Used in BookSuggestions for Further ReadingIndex