Hungry for Profit: The Agribusiness Threat to Farmers, Food, and the Environment

Hungry for Profit: The Agribusiness Threat to Farmers, Food, and the Environment


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Millions go hungry every year in both poor and rich nations, yet hundreds of thousands of peasants and farmers continue to be pushed off the land. Applied in increasing volumes, chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers deplete the soil, pollute our food and water, and leave crops more vulnerable to pest outbreaks. The new and expanding use of genetically engineered seeds threatens species diversity.

This penetrating set of essays explains why corporate agribusiness is a rising threat to farmers, the environment, and consumers. Ranging in subject from the politics of hunger to the new agricultural biotechnologies, and in time and place from early modern Europe to contemporary Cuba, the contributions to Hungry for Profit examine the changes underway in world agriculture today and point the way toward organic, sustainable solutions to problems of food supply.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583670156
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Fred Magdoff taught at the University of Vermont in Burlington, is a director of the Monthly Review Foundation, and has written on political economy for many years. He is most recently the author (with John Bellamy Foster) of The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (Monthly Review Press).

John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review. He is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and author of The Ecological Revolution , The Great Financial Crisis (with Fred Magdoff), Critique of Intelligent Design (with Brett Clark and Richard York), Ecology Against Capitalism , Marx’s Ecology , and The Vulnerable Planet.

Frederick Buttel is Professor of Rural Sociology and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author or editor of several books, including Environment and Modernity (1999).

Table of Contents

An Overview7
1The Agrarian Origins of Capitalism23
2Liebig, Marx, and the Depletion of Soil Fertility: Relevance for Today's Agriculture43
3Concentration of Ownership and Control in Agriculture61
4Ecological Impacts of Industrial Agriculture and the Possibilities for Truly Sustainable Farming77
5The Maturing of Capitalist Agriculture: Farmer as Proletarian93
6New Agricultural Biotechnologies: the Struggle for Democratic Choice107
7Global Food Politics125
8The Great Global Enclosure of Our Times: Peasants and the Agrarian Question at the End of the Twentieth Century145
9Organizing U.S. Farm Workers: A Continuous Struggle161
10Rebuilding Local Food Systems from the Grassroots Up175
11Want Amid Plenty: From Hunger to Inequality189
12Cuba: A Successful Case Study of Sustainable Agriculture203
13The Importance of Land Reform in the Reconstruction of China215

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