This book provides a critical assessment of the contemporary global food system in light of the heightening food crisis, as evidence of its failure to achieve food security for the world's population. A key aspect of this failure is identified in the neoliberal strategies which emphasize industrial efficiencies, commodity production and free trade-ideologies that underlie agricultural and food policies in what are frequently referred to as 'developed countries'. The book examines both the contradictions in the global food system as well as the implications of existing ideologies of production associated with commodity industrial agriculture using evidence from relevant international case studies. The book's first section presents the context of the food crisis with contributions from leading international academics and food policy activists, including climate scientists, ecologists and social scientists. These contributions identify current contradictions in policy and practice that impede solutions to the food crisis. Set within this context, the second section assesses current conditions in the global food system, including economic viability, sustainability and productivity. Case study analyses of regions exposed to neoliberal policy at the production end of the system provide insights into both current challenges to feeding the world, as well as alternative strategies for creating a more just and moral food system.
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chapter 1 Introduction: shocking the global food system / CHRISTOPHER ROSIN part PART 1 The contradictions of the 'feed the world' ideology chapter 2 Agriculture and food systems: our current challenge / JULES PRETTY chapter 3 Let us eat cake? Historically reframing the problem of world hunger and its purported solutions / HUGH CAMPBELL chapter 4 Trading into hunger? Trading out of hunger? International food trade and the debate on food security / BILL PRITCHARD chapter 5 Biofuels and the financialization of the global food system / PHILIP MCMICHAEL chapter 6 The right to food: a right for everyone / CLAIRE MAHON chapter 7 Plentiful food? Nutritious food? / COLIN D. BUTLER chapter 8 A Utopian perspective on global food security / PAUL STOCK part PART 2 The condition of neoliberal agriculture chapter 9 Climate change and the resilience of commodity food production in Australia / GEOFFREY LAWRENCE chapter 10 Food security and the de-agrarianization of the Indonesian economy / JEFF NEILSON chapter 11 'Soyization' and food security in South America / NAVÉ WALD chapter 12 Negotiating organic, fair and ethical trade: lessons from smallholders in Uganda and Kenya / KIAH SMITH chapter 13 Food for thought? Linking urban agriculture and local food production for food security and development in the South Pacific / ALEC THORNTON chapter 14 Conclusions: Towards a more just and flexible global food systeM / CHRISTOPHER ROSIN.