The Global Food System: Issues and Solutions, 1st Edition

  • Editor: William D. Schanbacher
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  • ISBN-10: 1440829128
  • ISBN-13: 9781440829123
  • DDC: 338.1
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 304 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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With large-scale famine afflicting regions around the globe and overconsumption and unhealthy eating habits destroying others, many are beginning to wonder if access to food is less of a class-based social problem and more of an ethical issue affecting the lives-and livelihoods-of people all over the world. This thoughtful text provides a thorough examination of the factors contributing to this global concern, exploring the complexities of international food supply and demand as well as the efforts to bring about a more just global food system. Through this groundbreaking volume, author and educator Will Schanbacher sheds light on flaws in the current structure and suggests ways to achieve a more balanced approach. He considers the economics, politics, and activism behind and involved in the production, distribution, and consumption of the global food system. In an effort to illuminate many problems associated with hunger, inequality, and injustice in the food system, the book also offers many potential strategies and solutions for making a more healthy, sustainable, and equitable world. Chapters contain both theoretical models and concrete practices for food security and offer strategies for creating an equitable system.



  • William D. Schanbacher

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Food Sovereignty: Some Initial Thoughts and Questions for Research.
2: Justifying the Human Right to Food in the Food Sovereignty Framework.
3: Agribusiness Concentration: Globalization, Market Power, and Resistance.
4: Racism, Gender Discrimination, and Food Chain Workers in the United States.
5: Lessons from the Food System: Borkian Paradoxes, Plutocracy, and the Rise of Walmart's Buyer Power.
6: The Pursuit of Happiness: At the Intersection of Food, Performance, and Consumer Identity.
7: Battles for the Soul of Organic: The Grassroots versus the Suits.
8: Where's the Beef? Looking for Food in Religion and Ecology.
9: The GMO Threat to Food Sovereignty: Science, Resistance, and Transformation.
10: Agroecology and Social Movements.
11: Contested Land Politics and Trajectories of Agrarian Change within an Emergent World Agro-commodity Regime: Insights from the BRICS and the Periphery.
12: The Importance of Process in Achieving Food Sovereignty: Participatory Action Research (PAR) in Coffeelands of Nicaragua.
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