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

Hungry for Profit: The Agribusiness Threat to Farmers, Food, and the Environment

EditorFred Magdoff

Paperback | September 1, 2000

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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.

Title:Hungry for Profit: The Agribusiness Threat to Farmers, Food, and the EnvironmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.74 inPublished:September 1, 2000Publisher:Monthly Review PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1583670165

ISBN - 13:9781583670163

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This provocative collection of essays, edited by plant and soil scientist Fred Magdoff, sociology professor John Bellamy Foster and rural sociologist Fredrick Buttell, is highly critical of corporate agribusiness. Hungry For Profit: The Agribusiness Threat to Farmers, Food and the Environment describes how millions of peasants and farmers are being pushed off their land by pollution from chemical pesticides and genetically engineered seeds that threaten plant diversity. These politics and how they have led to hunger and poverty for farmers in the past are discussed in this brave and informative plea to stop the insanity.