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Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know? by [Paarlberg, Robert]
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"The author is an academic, not a journalist, and his efforts to get the food facts right ring through every page. Paarlberg challenges many of the ideas that are frequently voiced - but rarely questioned - in popular food discourse...Although many of his claims call into question sacrosanct principles in activist and academic circles, there are good reasons to hear Paarlberg out; he backs up his arguments with data, and writes based on decades of experience as a political scientist and policy analyst working in the field." --Nature Geoscience"Paarlberg's book is a timely contribution to the discussion about the politics of food, both domestically and internationally. Although advocates of alternative farming methods are unlikely to agree with Food Politics, they should nevertheless read it. Paarlberg is a serious, knowledgeable scholar." --Journal of Politics"[Paarlberg] is one of the most distinguished academics in the field of global food politics and is able to draw on a lifetime of research. Although the book is clearly underpinned by a considerable body of evidence, the writing style is engaging and easily digestible. It would serve as an excellent introduction to the topic for students." --International Studies Review"Going well beyond its title, Food Politics addresses key questions about agriculture, including consumers' concerns about food safety, producers' concerns about price volatility, and taxpayers' concerns about subsidies. Paarlberg organizes his material around a long list of questions about food policies and practices...His answers to these and many other questions are accessible and nuanced." --Foreign Affairs"A much needed corrective to a clanging bandwagon of culinary protest that asks well-off consumers to drop out, stay local and go green, while the rest of the world worries about its next bowl of rice." --The Texas Observer"The great strength of Food Politics is the breadth of topics covere

About the Author

Robert Paarlberg is the B.F. Johnson Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. A leading authority on food policy, his books include Starved for Science, Policy Reform in American Agriculture, and Fixing Farm Trade.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (7 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CI90G2
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This writer seems to think that his explanations are the "true" reasons for the food crises! The book would be more interesting if he had included opposing views now and then! And he gives some rather curious reasons to account for some of the issues. For example he believes that customers in developing countries choose to go to MacDonalds because they have toilets (Does he not realise that other places in developing countries have toilets too?). My biggest disappointment is he leaves out crucial aspects (like the WTO Agreement on Agriculture that permits the US and Europe and Japan to keep their farm subsidies) in the book and believes that only the US is a significant player. There are better books on the subject than this one. I prefer to read Waldon Bello or Ray Patel.
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Overall, I found Food Politics to be disappointing. Though it may serve as a reasonably informative introduction to both environmental and political science under-graduates alike, I found it to be somewhat deficient in significant areas and lacking factual parity in light of its implicit US-centric perspective and tone.

In terms of scope, the book is far too parochial with Paarlberg making no reference to fish, either in terms of global dietary significance, declining global fish stocks or the rise in fish farms and other nascent aquaculture food systems.

In addition, Paarlberg also neglects to include any notable information on water, either in terms agricultural usage or how water scarcity is becoming a significant regional/national/geopolitical issue and how water resources impact upon on food production. Food and water are clearly not mutually exclusive, and as such, research into one must surely acknowledge the significance of the other.

On Genetically Modified Organisms, Paarlberg asserts that European opposition to GMO technology is `disliked' on account that `most were developed by a U.S. multinational' (p168). The view that European opposition to GMOs is grounded in nothing more than corporate nationalism is at best contentious and at worst, erroneous.

Crops targeted by GM corporations for transgenic modification are the foods by which a significant portion of the global population lives by (rice, wheat, barley etc). These food crops are known as monocotyledons and are organisms which rely on the wind for pollination.
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The politics of food is one of the most complex issues in international relations and trade. "Food Politics" is an excellent guide for the perplexed and resource for the curious.Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know
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