Betting on Famine: Why the World Still Goes Hungry

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New Press, The, Apr 20, 2010 - Social Science - 241 pages
The seminal book on global poverty and hunger . . . How rapacious speculators and complicit bureaucrats are starving a billion people” (Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and author of Foodopoly).
Few people know that world hunger was very nearly eradicated in our lifetimes. In the past five years, however, widespread starvation has suddenly reappeared, and chronic hunger is a major issue on every continent.
In an extensive investigation of this disturbing shift, Jean Ziegler—one of the world’s leading food experts—lays out in clear and accessible terms the complex global causes of the new hunger crisis. Ziegler’s wide-ranging and fascinating examination focuses on how the new sustainable revolution in energy production has diverted millions of acres of corn, soy, wheat, and other grain crops from food to fuel. The results, he shows, have been sudden and startling, with declining food reserves sending prices to record highs and a new global commodities market in ethanol and other biofuels gobbling up arable lands in nearly every continent on earth.
Like Raj Patel’s pioneering Stuffed and Starved, Betting on Famine will enlighten the millions of Americans concerned about the politics of food at home—and about the forces that prevent us from feeding the world’s children.
“In this devastating book, [Ziegler] describes the horrors of food insecurity, the callousness of ‘crusaders of neoliberalism’ who control food and land access, and the individuals and grassroots organizations fighting for subsistence farmers and the right to food.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Passionate, well-researched, objective, and illuminating . . . When we close this book, indignant, we know that those who die of hunger are victims of money and power.” —L’Express

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Ziegler (co-author: The Fight for the Right to Food, 2011, etc.), the former U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food (2000-2008), points to the principles of the Atlantic Charter and Franklin ... Read full review

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The Geography of Hunger
Invisible Hunger
God Is Not a Farmer
The Tragedy of Noma
Malthus and Natural Selection
Hitlers Hunger Plan
The United Nations
Jalil Jilani and Her Children 21 The Defeat of Jacques Diouf
The Murder of Iraqs Children
The Vultures of Green Gold
A Great
Barack Obamas Obsession
The Curse of Sugarcane
Hell in Gujarat
Criminal Recolonization

The Crusaders of Neoliberalism
The Horsemen of the Apocalypse
When Free Trade Kills
Savonarola on Lake Geneva
The Collapse of the WFP and the FAOs Impotence
A Billionaires Fear
Victory of the Predators
Natural Selection Redux
The Speculators
The Tiger Sharks
Geneva World Capital of AgriFood Speculators
Land Grabs and the Resistance of the Damned
The Complicity of the Western States

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From 2000 to 2008 Jean Ziegler was the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Formerly a member of the Swiss Parliament, Ziegler is the author of numerous books, including The Swiss, the Gold and the Dead, which details the role of Swiss banks in illegally holding the dormant bank accounts of Jewish victims of the Holocaust. He lives in Switzerland. Christopher Caines is the translator of World War II: The Unseen Visual History (The New Press). His original essays have appeared in several periodicals; scholarly reference works; and anthologies, including Reading Dance. Caines lives in New York City.

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