We are what we eat

As a few corporations gain control of the global farming system, they expand profits for a few. But for many people in rural and urban areas, what is good for corporate balance sheets creates hunger and poverty. Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance and Renewal collects reporting and essays that explore what’s driving the agricultural and food crisis—high prices and shortages—and look at grassroots efforts to resist the corporate takeover of farming. Walden Bello and Mara Baviera focus in part on the U.S. federal policy to foster the growing of corn to feed cars instead of people; Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director of FoodFirst/Institute for Food and Development Policy in Oakland, covers peasant groups such as the Movimiento Campesino a Campesino; and Christina Schiavoni and William Camacaro survey food sovereignty policies in Venezuela. Hunger is an unnatural human condition, one that humans can end. This book offers some options for that change.