Walden Bello’s new book The Food Wars is to be published on 7th September.
In 2008 thirty-six countries were diagnosed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as being in “critical situations”. Food riots were reported around the world. Famished Haitians took to the streets in their thousands, as the cost of basic foods escalated out of control. Monsieur Bové dismantled a McDonalds in his home town, protesting against malbouffe and its impact on French agriculture. And Lee Kyung Hae, a member of the Korea Peasant’s League, silenced the world and delegates of the World Trade Organization’s annual conference when he took his own life to evidence the plight of the world’s small farmers.
In The Food Wars, Walden Bello examines the evolution of the crisis from its origins in seventeenth century Europe, to twentieth century corruption in Africa, Mexico, the Philippines and China. His analysis identifies the explosive interrelated effects of the spread of US-led capitalist industrial agriculture; the policies of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organisation; and the rise in Agrofuel production.
“Walden Bello is the world’s leading no-nonsense revolutionary.” Naomi Klein
“Walden Bello is the world’s best guide to American exploitation of the globe’s poor and defenceless.” Chalmers Jonhson
“The Food Wars is brilliant and urgently needed … Walden Bello’s ethically grounded argument for food sovereignty, deglobalisation and listening to what peasants have to say is essential reading.” Annette Desmarais, La Via Campesina
“A comprehensive and timely corrective to agribusiness-as-usual scenarios for solving the food crisis … His solutions are compelling and critical for planetary sustainability.” Philip McMichael, Cornell University
Read the article that inspired the book from The Nation.