Food

  • Agroecology

    Science and Politics

    By Peter M. Rosset and Miguel A. Altieri     October 2017

    Our global food system is largely based on unsustainable industrial agricultural practices, is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, is controlled by a handful of large corporations and produces unhealthy food. Agroecology is a solution to these increasingly urgent problems.

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  • Belongings

    The Fight for Land and Food

    By Sally Miller     September 2016

    In Belongings, Sally Miller illustrates how food and farm crises result from adherence to the rules of private property.

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  • Political Dynamics of Transnational Agrarian Movements

    By Saturnino M. Borras, Jr. and Marc Edelman     April 2016

    “The prayers of those of us who have long hungered for a comprehensive, historically deep, learned and accessible account of international agrarian movements have finally been answered in full. We will long be in debt to Edelman and Borras for this exceptional and lasting contribution to agrarian scholarship.” - James C. Scott, founding Director, Yale University Agrarian Studies Program, author of The Art of Not Being Governed

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  • In Pursuit of Justice

    Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op and the Fair Trade Movement

    By Stacey Byrne and Errol Sharpe     September 2014

    This is the story of Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op, Canada’s first fair trade coffee roaster. This book describes its successes and its failures and details how a small group of people — “just us” — worked against adversity and defied many of the norms associated with building a business.

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  • In Defense of Small Producers

    The Story of CLAC

    By Marco Coscione     February 2014

    In an international geopolitical panorama where Northern countries are increasingly in crisis and where the most interesting alternatives to sustainable development are coming from the South, the Latin American small producers, represented by the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Fair Trade Producers (CLAC), are assuming a more protagonistic role in the defense of the founding principles of the fair trade movement.

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  • Alternative Trade

    Legacies for the Future

    By Gavin Fridell     August 2013

    Free trade does not make a significantly positive contribution to a society’s well being, nor does real free trade exist. In Alternative Trade, Gavin Fridell confronts these assumptions through a passionate and rigorous appraisal of alternative trade and its imperfect legacy. Examining the history of alternative trade models – the International Coffee Agreement, the Canadian Wheat Board and the European-Caribbean banana regime – Fridell exposes the unbridgeable gap between “free trade” proclamations and the lack of actually existing free trade, arguing that the alternative trade models are much more socially efficient than what followed in their wake.

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  • Food Regimes and Agrarian Questions

    By Philip McMichael     August 2013

    Philip McMichael explores the relationships between contemporary food, energy, climate and financial crises and food regime restructuring, which includes agrofuels, land grabbing, the bioeconomy, agro-security mercantilism and the food sovereignty movement.

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  • Peasants and the Art of Farming

    A Chayanovian Manifesto

    By Jan Douwe van der Ploeg     May 2013

    Many impressive studies on the changing nature of the global food system have been published, and nearly all address changes at the macro level. The far less visible changes occurring at the micro level have received relatively little attention, especially in the realm of critical rural studies. This book is a reflection of the far reaching and complex transformations of food systems that have occurred as a result of liberalization and globalization.

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  • Hungry for Change

    Farmers, Food Justice and the Agrarian Question

    By A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi     January 2013

    “A must-read for anyone who cares about understanding food and the planet today.” – Raj Patel

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  • Food Sovereignty in Canada

    Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems

    Edited by Annette Aurélie Desmarais, Nettie Wiebe and Hannah Wittman     September 2011

    Contemporary Canadian agricultural and food policies are contributing to the current global food crisis: the industrialized, high-input, export-driven agricultural production sector, coupled with concentrated corporate processing and retailing, are ecologically unsustainable, increasingly unaffordable, unhealthy and socially unjust. Employing an interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach, Food Sovereignty in Canada explores how communities all over the country are actively engaged in implementing alternative agricultural and food models within the framework of food sovereignty – taking control over food-producing resources, markets and agricultural policy. This framework offers Canadian citizens, researchers and policymakers the opportunity to build alternative agricultural and food models that are less environmentally damaging and that keep farmers on the land while ensuring that those living in cities have access to healthy and safe food. Achieving food sovereignty requires conceptual and practical changes, reshaping menus, farming, communities, relationships, values and policy, but, as the authors clearly demonstrate, the urgent work of building food sovereignty in Canada is well under way.

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