Skip to Main Content

USD Just Read!: 2014-2015: Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel

This program encourages literacy and deep dialogue on social themes presented through outstanding literature.

Internet Resources

California Environmental Protection Agency: mission is to restore, protect and enhance the environment, to ensure public health, environmental quality and economic vitality

Civil Eats: promoting critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems

Ecocentric: a blog about food, water, and energy a summary of farm policy news

Food Research and Action Center: a national organization working for more effective public and private policies to eradicate domestic hunger and undernutrition.

Green Thumb: the largest community garden program in the nation

San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project: educating, cultivating, and empowering sustainable food communities in San Diego County

Urban Food Policy: strategies for sustainable food systems

Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

     Raj Patel's 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 Nestli owns Jenny Craig – and Unilever, home of Ben and Jerry's ice-cream, 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.”

Text courtesy of: Penguin

 Book Review

About Raj Patel

  Raj Patel is an award-winning author and activist, who has worked at the World Bank and the World Trade Organization and has protested against them on four continents. He is affiliated with UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies, the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and the Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. He is also an IATP Food and Community Fellow, at Utne Reader Visionary and has testified to the US Congress on the causes of the global food crisis. He is the author of the international bestseller The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, and the critically acclaimed guide to the food system Stuffed and Starved.

Text courtesy of: Generation Food Project

Water Footprint Calculator