Let Them Eat Junk: How Capitalism Creates Hunger and Obesity

Let Them Eat Junk: How Capitalism Creates Hunger and Obesity

By: Robert Albritton (author)Paperback

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This is the first book to analyse the food industry from a Marxist perspective. Respected economist Robert Albritton argues that the capitalist system, far from delivering on the promise of cheap, nutritious food for all, has created a world where 25% of the world population are over-fed and 25% are hungry. This malnourishment of 50% of the world's population is explained systematically, a refreshing change from accounts that focus on cultural factors and individual greed. Albritton details the economic relations and connections that have put us in a situation of simultaneous oversupply and undersupply of food. This explosive book provides yet more evidence that the human cost of capitalism is much bigger than those in power will admit.

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About Author

Robert Albritton is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada. He has published seven books on Marxist theory.

Contents

Preface Part I Introduction 1 Introduction Part II Understanding Capitalism 2 The Management of Agriculture and Food by Capital's Deep Structuresd 3 The Phase of Consumerism and the US Roots of the Current Agriculture and Food Regimes Part III The Historical Analysis of the US-Centred Global Food Regime 4 The Food Regime and Consumers' Health 5 The Health of Agriculture and Food Workers 6 Agriculture, Food Provisioning and the Environment 7 Food, Marketing and Choice in the United States 8 Corporate Power, Food and Liberal Democracy Part IV Conclusions 9 Agriculture, Food and the Fight for Democracy, Social Justice, Health and Sustainability Notes Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 20/12/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780745328065
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780745328065
  • weight: 318
  • ISBN10: 0745328067

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