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Food First: Beyond the Myth of Scarcity

By Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins with Cary Fowler

Finally—a book of hope—and answers to the problem of world hunger!

We are NOT in a life and death contest between growing population and limited amounts of food!

America is NOT and should NOT be the breadbasket of the world! There need NOT ever be hunger in the world—a world of potential plenty.

Drawing on a world-spanning network of never-before-released research, this explosive book examines head-on politics that have kept and continue to keep starving peoples from feeding themselves at home and all over the world.

ISBN 978-0345298188

 

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why this Book?

PART ONE: THE SCARCITY SCARE
1. Too Many People?
2. But What About the Real "Basketcases?"
3. Are People a Liability or a Resource?
4. Does Ignorance Breed Babies?
5. Sophisticated Fatalism?
6. Controlling Births or Controlling the Population?
7. Population Pressure on the Environment?
8. The Price Scare?
9. The Food vs. Poison Trade-off?

PART TWO: BLAMING NATURE
10. Haven't There Always Been Famines?
11. Can We Hold Back the Desert?

PART THREE: COLONIAL INHERITANCE
12. Why Can't People Feed Themselves?
13. Isn't Colonialism Dead?

PART FOUR: MODERNIZING HUNGER
14. Shouldn't Production Be the Priority?
15. But Isn't Nature Neutral?
16. Hasn't the Green Revolution "Bought us Time"?
17. Wasn't the Green Revolution a Vital Scientific Breakthrough?
18. Hasn't the Green Revolution Strengthened Food Security?
19. Where Has All the Production Gone?
20. Don't They Need Our Machines?

PART FIVE: THE INEFFICIENCY OF INEQUALITY
21. Isn't the Backwardness of Small Farmers to Blame?
22. Why Don't Small Farmers Produce More?
23. Isn't Bigger Better?
24. Is Small Always Beautiful?
25. But Hasn't Land Reform Sacrificed Production?

PART SIX: THE TRADE TRAP
26. What About Their Natural Advantage?
27. Don't They Have Cartels Now?
28. Doesn't Export Income Help the Hungry?
29. If It's So Bad, Why Does It Continue?
30. Is Export Agriculture the Enemy?

PART SEVEN: THE MYTH OF FOOD POWER
31. Don't They Need Our Food?
32. Food Power to Save the Economy?
33. At Least Food Power Works?
34. Who Gains and Who Loses?

PART EIGHT: WORLD HUNGER AS BIG BUSINESS
35. Don't They Need American Corporate Know-How?
36. Still, Don't the People Benefit?
37. Better Then Beans and Rice?
38. Do They Really Kill Babies?
39. Agribusiness Abroad: A Book for Americans?

PART NINE: THE HELPING HANDOUT, AID FOR WHOM?
40. Triage?
41. Debt for Development?
42. Doesn't Our Food Aid Help?
43. What About eh World Bank's "Assault of Poverty"?
44. And AID's New Directions?
45. Can Voluntary Aid Agencies Help?

PART TEN: FOOD SELF-RELIANCE
46. What is Food Self-Reliance?
47. But Where Would Funds for Development Come From?
48. Aren't Poor Peasants Too Oppressed Ever to Change?
49. Food Versus Freedom?
50. What Can We Do?

APPENDIX A
Organizing for a Change
Action Groups and Their Publications by Issue

APPENDIX B
Recommended Books, Periodicals, and Films

Notes
Index

ENDORSEMENTS

Their hard-headed suggestions...make this complete hunger handbook staple food for action."

The Boston Globe

A well-documented, persuasive work...an important book. I hope every member of Congress will read it."

Baltimore Sun

living democracy, feeding hope

the Institute of writers, speakers, & activists Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé

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