Let Them Eat Junk: How Capitalism Creates Hunger and Obesity
By: Robert Albritton (author)Hardback
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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.
Robert Albritton is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada. He has published seven books on Marxist theory.
Preface 1 Introduction 2 Capital's Deep Structures, Agriculture, and Food 3 The Phase of Consumerism and the Roots of the Current Agriculture and Food Regimes 4 The Food System and Consumer's Health 5 The Health of Agriculture and Food Workers 6 Agriculture, Food, and the Environment 7 Food, Marketing and Choice 8 Food, Power, and Liberal Democracy 9 Possible Changes That May Become Feasible Changes Notes Index
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