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World Hunger: Twelve Myths

By Frances Moore Lappé, Joseph Collins & Peter Rosset, with Luis Esparza

The revised and updated edition of the classic on World Hunger from the internationally recognized Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First.

The completely revised Second Edition includes:

  • Substantial new material on hunger in the aftermath of the Cold War

  • Global food production vs. population growth

  • Changing demographics and falling birth rates around the world

  • The shifting focus of foreign assistance in the new world order

  • Structural adjustment and other budget-slashing policies

  • Trade liberalization and free trade agreements

  • Famine and humanitarian interventions

  • The Third Worldization of First World nations


In this completely revised and updated edition of the most authoritative book on world hunger, three of our foremost experts on food and agriculture expose and explode the myths that prevent us from effectively addressing the problem. Drawing on and distilling the extensive research of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First), Lappé, Collins, and Rosset examine head-on the policies and politics that have kept hungry people from feeding themselves around the world, in both Third and First World countries, as well as the misconceptions that have obscured our own national, social, and humanitarian interests. Written in a straightforward, easy-to-read style, World Hunger: Twelve Myths shakes many tenaciously held beliefs; but most important, it convinces readers that by standing together with the hungry we can advance not only humanitarian interests, but our own well-being.

ISBN 9780802135919

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments to the Second Edition

Beyond Guilt and Fear

Chapter 1 - Myth 1: There’s Simply Not Enough Food
Chapter 2 - Myth 2: Nature’s to Blame
Chapter 3 - Myth 3: Too Many Mouths to Feed
Chapter 4 - Myth 4: Food vs. Our Environment
Chapter 5 - Myth 5: The Green Revolution is the Answer
Chapter 6 - Myth 6: Justice vs. Production
Chapter 7 - Myth 7: The Free Market Can End Hunger
Chapter 8 - Myth 8: Free Trade is the Answer
Chapter 9 - Myth 9: Too Hungry to Revolt
Chapter 10 - Myth 10: More US Aid Will Help the Hungry
Chapter 11 - Myth 11: We Benefit from their Hunger (with Fuyuki Kurasaw)
Chapter 12 - Myth 12: Food vs. Freedom

Beyond the Myths of Hunger: What We Can Do

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