Betting on Famine: Why the World Still Goes Hungry

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New Press, The, Aug 6, 2013 - Social Science - 304 pages
Few 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 pathbreaking 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.
 

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Contents

The Geography of Hunger
3
Invisible Hunger
25
Protracted Crises
29
The Gaza Ghetto
35
Refugees from the North Korean Famine
40
The Children of Crateús
43
God Is Not a Farmer
46
No One Goes Hungry in Switzerland
51
A Billionaires Fear
141
Victory of the Predators
151
Natural Selection Redux
156
Jalil Jilani and Her Children
159
The Defeat of Jacques Diouf
164
The Murder of Iraqs Children
169
The Vultures of Green Gold
177
A Great Lie
179

The Tragedy of Noma
55
The Awakening of Conscience
63
Famine and Fatalism Malthus and Natural Selection
65
Josué de Castro Phase One
70
Hitlers Hunger Plan
82
A Light in the Darkness The United Nations
91
Josué de Castro Phase Two A Very Heavy Coffin
97
Enemies of the Right to Food
103
The Crusaders of Neoliberalism
105
The Horsemen of the Apocalypse
120
When Free Trade Kills
129
Savonarola on Lake Geneva
134
The Collapse of the WFP and the FAOs Impotence
139
Barack Obamas Obsession
184
The Curse of Sugarcane
187
Hell in Gujarat
195
Criminal Recolonization
196
The Speculators
205
The Tiger Sharks
207
Geneva World Capital of AgriFood Speculators
221
Land Grabs and the Resistance of the Damned
225
The Complicity of the Western States
238
Epilogue
242
Notes
249
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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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