The Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming

By Tony Weis

The worldwide nutrients economic system examines the human and ecological price of what we devour. the present meals financial system is characterised by means of huge contradictions. Surplus 'food mountains', bountiful supermarkets, and emerging degrees of weight problems stand in stark distinction to common starvation and malnutrition. Transnational businesses dominate the marketplace in foodstuff and take advantage of subsidies, when farmers in constructing international locations stay impoverished. nutrition miles, mounting toxicity and the 'ecological hoofprint' of farm animals suggest that the worldwide nutrition economic climate rests on more and more shaky environmental foundations. This ebook appears to be like at how the sort of method happened, and the way it truly is being enforced by way of the WTO. finally, Weis considers how we will give you the chance of creating socially simply, ecologically rational and humane foodstuff economies.

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