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- ISBN: 9781595588494 (hc. : alk. paper)
- ISBN: 1595588493 (hc. : alk. paper)
- ISBN: 9781595588616 (e-book)
xvii, 286 pages ; 22 cm.
- Publisher: New York : New Press, 
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Betting on Famine : Why the World Still Goes Hungry
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During his 2000-2008 tenure as U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, Zeigler (The Swiss, the Gold and the Dead) traveled worldwide to understand hunger and the international policies that he believes cause it (including those that promote the use of crops for biofuels). In this devastating book, he describes the horrors of food insecurity, the callousness of "crusaders of neoliberalism" who control food and land access, and the individuals and grassroots organizations fighting for subsistence farmers and the right to food. Interspersed with statistics and policy critiques are vivid depictions of victims of this crisis, giving readers a visceral sense of the reality of the "mass destruction" caused by hunger and malnutrition. Zeigler criticizes biofuels, speculation, and land grabs, as well as corrupt politicians and organizations that influence the global commodities market, such as the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank. Zeigler's scathing criticism of multinational corporations and U.S. policy, his heartrending descriptions of diseases caused by hunger, his disdain for capitalism and unapologetic alignment with socialists, and his descriptions of poverty may be a rude awakening for American readers. Agent: Georges Borchardt Inc. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.