Stuffed and starved : from farm to fork, the hidden battle for the world food system / Raj Patel.

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About this work


A revision of Stuffed and Starved first issued in 2007. The author takes us into the supermarket aisles and reveals the stories behind the products in our trolleys, some of them very dark indeed. His definitive account of the global food system ranges across GM crops, history and export issues, rising levels of obesity and other health crises. It's a mad world where we encounter Coca Cola "cosmeceuticals" that promise to improve complexion and breast size, where Nestlé owns Jenny Craig - and Unilever, home of Ben and Jerry's icecream, owns Slimfast. It is also a positive story of resistance in the paddy fields of India, the maize ejidos of Mexico and the Italian Slow Food kitchens, to name but a few. This is a groundbreaking look and the people and products of the New Food Order.


London : Portobello Books, [2013]

Physical description

ix, 418 pages ; 20 cm



Revised 2nd edition.


This edition first published: Brooklyn, NY : Nelville House Publ., 2012.


1. Introduction -- 2. A rural autopsy -- 3. You have become Mexican -- 4. 'Just cry for bread' -- 5. The customer is our enemy: a brief introduction to food system business -- 6. Better living through chemistry -- 7. Glycine rex -- 8. Checking out the supermarkets -- 9. Chosen by bunnies -- 10. Conclusion.

Bibliographic information

Includes biobliographic references (p. 367-402) and index.


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