The politics of food is changing fast. In rich countries, obesity is now a more serious problem than hunger. Consumers once satisfied with cheap and convenient food now want food that is also safe, nutritious, fresh, and grown by local farmers using fewer chemicals. Heavily subsidized and underregulated commercial farmers are facing stronger push back from environmentalists and consumer activists, and food companies are under the microscope. Meanwhile, agricultural success in Asia has spurred income growth and dietary enrichment, but agricultural failure in Africa has left one-third of all citizens undernourished - and the international markets that link these diverse regions together are subject to sudden disruption.The second edition of Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know® has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest developments and research on today's global food landscape, including biofuels, the international food market, food aid, obesity, food retailing, urban agriculture, and food safety. The second edition also features an expanded discussion of the links between water, climate change, and food, as well as farming and the environment. New chapters look at livestock, meat and fish and the future of food politics.Paarlberg's book challenges myths and critiques more than a few of today's fashionable beliefs about farming and food. For those ready to have their thinking about food politics informed and also challenged, this is the book to read.What Everyone Needs to Know® is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.
Table of Contents
Preface to Second EditionChapter One: An Overview of Food PoliticsChapter Two: Food Production and Population GrowthChapter Three: The Politics of High Food PricesChapter Four: The Politics of Chronic Hunger and FamineChapter Five: Food Aid And Agricultural Development AssistanceChapter Six: The Green Revolution ControversyChapter Seven: The Politics of ObesityChapter Eight: The Politics of Farm Subsidies and TradeChapter Nine: Farming, the Environment, Climate Change, and WaterChapter Ten: Livestock, Meat, and FishChapter Eleven: Agribusiness, Supermarkets, and Fast FoodChapter Twelve: Organic and Local FoodChapter Thirteen: Food Safety and Genetically Engineered FoodChapter Fourteen: Who Governs the World Food System?Chapter Fifteen: The Future of Food PoliticsSuggestions for Further ReadingIndex