Food Politics has ratings and 30 reviews. Joseph said: Food Politics by Robert Paarlberg is exactly what the title says. I thought I knew quite a bit. He begins with an overview of food politics, followed by the important relationship between food production and population growth. Paarlberg. By Robert Paarlberg; Abstract: One of the most persistent and startling news stories of the past year has been the global crisis in the world’s food.

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This book blew my mind.

Dummies Guide type. The area that really shines through was early in the text when he discusses food policy issues in developing countries.

Food Politics is an excellent introduction to the causes, possible solutions, and complications of world hunger. I had foos read this for a class in school, so I don’t really feel qualified to give this a rating.

His main attitude was “well we all know most of the world won’t go vegan, so how can we make meat safer? Even an explicit text book which this is not should KNOW better. Even when something positive like taxing junk food is proposed it is met by resistance from food processors to the convenient store owners.

Livestock, Meat, and Fish Chapter Eleven: What Everyone Needs to Know, Robert Paarlberg, one of the most prominent scholars writing on agricultural issues, maps out and demystifies the phenomena that newspapers and magazines have variously labelled as causes of the food crisis, often in highly alarmist tones. Fortunately, technology allowed increased harvests and migration to urban settings slowed population growth. His principal research interests are international agricultural and environmental policy.


School lunches fall to food producers and lobbyists too. The lack of footnotes or citations really impacts the credibility of the author and the broad statements being made. I would say it is worth reading if you are interested in food including agricultural and environmental issues, perhaps just for the reminder that things are seldom as simple as they appear and that we should be wary of ove I would give it a four for content and 2 for style.

Food Politics – Robert Paarlberg – Oxford University Press

See 1 question about Food Politics…. These included production, famine, speculation, and protectionism. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Consumers once pxarlberg with cheap and convenient food now want food that is also safe, nutritious, fresh, and grown by local farmers using fewer chemicals.

Food Politics

The second edition of Food Politics: Aug 02, Janice rated it it was amazing. It was a very dry read though not difficult. Theories about fooe roots of the crisis are many, diverse and contradictory: Furthermore, I know that international trade of food is a pilitics subject between countries, small family farms Food Politics by Robert Paarlberg is exactly what the title says. Paarlberg’s book maps this contested terrain, challenging myths and critiquing more than a few of today’s fashionable beliefs about farming and food.

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Aug 20, Derrill Watson rated it it was amazing. Reduced stockpiles have ofod to panic buying and hoarding, a sharp rise in prices, food riots, the virtual collapse of portions of the food industry, and dire warnings about food and water shortages. Food politics is becoming almost ubiquitous in the news these days, and, since its a subject I haven’t taken much time to investigate, I figured I should read a basic primer on all the ins and outs.


Whether or not these government programs provide any real value to farmers is a matter for debate. Over the course of the book, Paarlberg addresses, in straightforward terms, questions about global food trade policy, agricultural subsidies, the factors contributing to famine and malnutrition, the green revolution, the effects of climate change on farming, the pros and cons of biofuels, food safety and regulation, pesticide use, organic farming, and genetically modified crops.

Jemile Nesimi rated it it was ok Oct 24, Although the book is clearly underpinned by a considerable body of evidence, the writing style is engaging and easily digestible. Arnason and Ireneusz Poolitics Karolewski.

It covered too much and without enough depth.

But the book can feel a bit disjointed and it’s easy to get lost in some of the facts lists. Paperbackpages. Unless you’re deeply interested in the wonkier aspects paarlbery Agriculture Policy, I wouldn’t recommend it. I am definitely interested in “food politics”, but his style of writing was just too straight-factual for me.

Paarlberg presents several cases for the cost of food.

Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know

politicd Was this guy paid by the industry to write this book? No politician from Iowa would survive with out supporting a farm bill nor a Texan politician survive without supporting the beef industry. Return to Book Page. May 15, Joseph rated it really liked it Shelves:

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