Hunger and obesity sit side by side in the world today because a food system dominated by money, markets and profits allows those with money to obtain above and beyond their needs while those without cannot get the fundamentals of life. The result is a growing polarization of global agriculture, between a small number of haves and an ever-increasing number of have-nots. In Hungry for Change, Haroon Akram-Lodhi explains how capitalism was introduced into farming and how it transformed the terms and conditions by which farmers produce food. Written in accessible language and incorporating accounts from farmers and agricultural workers, this book explains how the creation, structure and operation of the capitalist world food system is marginalizing family farmers, small-scale peasant farmers and landless rural workers as it entrenches us all in a global subsistence crisis. Building upon the idea of food sovereignty, Akram-Lodhi develops a set of additional solutions to resolve the current crisis of the world food system.
”A must-read for anyone who cares about understanding food and the planet today.” — Raj Patel
"Akram-Lodhi builds a strong foundation for understanding our current food crisis by including historical and current examples of the struggle for land ownership, international aid, peasant resistance, food science, the green revolution, the market and trade, global finance and politics, and much more. He also highlights how, for the most part, current government policies are just taking the world further down the road of alienation from food and the subsequent environmental and social destruction that accompany such policies." — Halifax Media Co-op