SAED: New Publication Available (fwd)

Victor Guest vic at
Wed Jun 17 09:05:00 EDT 1998

>Reply-To: "Frederick R. Magdoff" <fmagdoff at>
>To: sustag at, SAED-SHARE-L at
>Announcing a special double issue of Monthly Review,
>"HUNGRY FOR PROFIT: Agriculture, Food and Ecology,"
>edited by Fred Magdoff, John Bellamy Foster and Frederick H. Buttel
>    We are in the midst of revolutionary change in all aspects of
>agriculture. From the merging of national agricultural systems under the
>domination of transnational corporations to the headlong rush to develop
>and market seeds produced through biotechnology to turning of independent
>farmers into contract laborers to the contamination of food by pesticides
>to the perpetuation of hunger even during prosperity, one thing is clear;
>the current food system in all its ramifications is not beneficial for the
>mass of farmers or the environment, nor does it ensure a plentiful supply
>of food for all people.
>       This special issue of Monthly Review is devoted to exploring the
>changes and their consequences. The articles place the developments in the
>context of the nature of capitalism, where the motivation behind
>production is the generation of profits rather than meeting basic needs
>using ecologically sound approaches.
>        Hungry for Profit: Agriculture, Food, and Ecology explores the
>historical roots of mature capitalist agriculture and the structural
>transformations that are well underway. Also examined are the effects of
>these developments on farmers and the environment, the various groups
>formed to try to resist these changes, alternative pathways attempted in
>developing countries, as well as how best to understand the perpetuation
>of hunger in the midst of plenty.
>Contents include:
>"Agrarian Origins of Capitalism" by Ellen Meiksins Wood
>"Liebig, Marx, and the Depletion of Soil Fertility: Relevance for Today's
>Agriculture" by John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff
>"Agriculture and Monopoly Capital" by William D. Heffernan
>"Ecological Impacts of Industrial Agriculture and the Possibilities for
>Truly  Sustainable Farming" by Miguel Altieri
>"The Maturing of Capitalist Agriculture: Farmer as Proletarian" by R.C.
>"New Agricultural Biotechnologies: The Struggle for Democratic Choice" by
>Gerad Middendorf, Mike Skladany, Elizabeth Ransom, and Lawrencee Busch
>"Global Food Politics" by Philip McMichael
>"Rebuilding Local Food Systems from the Grasssroots Up" by Elizabeth
>"Want Amid Plenty: From Hunger to Inequality" by Janet Poppendieck
>"Alternative Agriculture Works: The Case of Cuba" by Peter M. Rosset
>"The Importance of Land Reform in the Reconstruction of China" by William
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Nancy Grudens-Schuck
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