Betting on Famine: Why the World Still Goes Hungry

Betting on Famine Why the World Still Goes Hungry Few know that world hunger was very nearly eradicated in our lifetimes In the past five years however widespread starvation has suddenly reappeared and chronic hunger is a major issue on every cont

  • Title: Betting on Famine: Why the World Still Goes Hungry
  • Author: Jean Ziegler
  • ISBN: 9781595588494
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Betting on Famine: Why the World Still Goes Hungry

    Few know that world hunger was very nearly eradicated in our lifetimes In the past five years, however, widespread starvation has suddenly reappeared, and chronic hunger is a major issue on every continent In an extensive investigation of this disturbing shift, Jean Ziegler one of the world s leading food experts lays out in clear and accessible terms the complex globalFew know that world hunger was very nearly eradicated in our lifetimes In the past five years, however, widespread starvation has suddenly reappeared, and chronic hunger is a major issue on every continent In an extensive investigation of this disturbing shift, Jean Ziegler one of the world s leading food experts lays out in clear and accessible terms the complex global causes of the new hunger crisis Ziegler s wide ranging and fascinating examination focuses on how the new sustainable revolution in energy production has diverted millions of acres of corn, soy, wheat, and other grain crops from food to fuel The results, he shows, have been sudden and startling, with declining food reserves sending prices to record highs and a new global commodities market in ethanol and other biofuels gobbling up arable lands in nearly every continent on earth.Like Raj Patel s pathbreaking Stuffed and Starved, Betting on Famine will enlighten the millions of Americans concerned about the politics of food at home and about the forces that prevent us from feeding the world s children.

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    1. ELM

      Dirán que si subo a las redes sociales una foto de un niño desnutrido para denunciar el hambre en el mundo, ésta sea innecesaria, que ya se sabe que hay hambre en el mundo, que no hace falta ser tan explícito. La verdad es que no dudo de que se sepa que hay hambre, pero ¿se sabe el por qué? Acabo de terminar el libro 'Destrucción masiva: Geopolítica del hambre' de Jean Ziegler, quien fue Relator Especial de ONU para el Derecho a la Alimentación entre 2000 y 2008, y considero que este si [...]

    2. Elton

      This is one of those incredibly important books that not enough people will read. Ziegler will tell a blunt but heartfelt story (what I mean to say is there is no cliché tugging at heartstrings, the anecdotes are crushing without any need for pandering) and then provide the numbers and quotations. The latter is likely where some of the reviews talking about the dryness of the writing comes from. Truthfully I don't see it. I found it very readable, if straight-laced.There are a couple graphs, a [...]

    3. Z3d

      Je savais qu'en m'attaquant à ce livre je m'exposais à un sujet douleureux et déprimant. Je me suis donc dit que les vacances étaient le moment opportun pour le lire et contrebalancer la sinistrose qui accompagne sa lecture! Même préparer et même dans les meilleures conditions possibles, cette lecture ne peut laisser de marbre!Cette seconde lecture de Jean Ziegler, après la haine de l'occident, m'a consterné et révolté. Il commence par une première partie classiquement en définissan [...]

    4. Writer's Relief

      In a recent announcement, the United Nations proudly reported that world hunger had decreased. However, their statistics failed to note that every five seconds, a child dies of starvation. Jean Ziegler exposes details about the far-reaching effects of hunger that have been unrecognized by the global population.Political unrest in many parts of the world is only one of the problems. Afraid that relief could fall into the wrong hands, governments have placed sanctions on imports that could allevia [...]

    5. Kelsey-Faith Abeh

      Betting on Famine: Why the World Still Goes Hungry is a nonfiction novel brilliantly written by Jean Ziegler, a worldwide leading food expert. He outlines how an outburst of starvation and and worldwide food insecurity changes from growing food to growing fuel. He describes in layman terms the complex global causes of the recent hunger crisis; the government’s support to the production of bio-fuels contributes to world hunger. In the book it states, “The tank of a mid sized car holds roughly [...]

    6. Michael Bohli

      Der Hunger auf der Welt ist ein riesiges Problem, das gerade in unseren Gebieten schnell ausgeblendet wird. In den Erst Welt Ländern leben wir im Luxus, werfen Nahrung weg und werden Fett. Wenige hunderte Kilometer weiter aber verenden Kinder, Erwachsene und ganze Bevölkerungen wegen Mangel an Nahrungsmittel. Jean Ziegler, erster UN-Sonderberichterstatter für das Recht auf Nahrung, bricht als einer der Wenigen das Schweigen und zeigt in diesem Buch die aktuellen Zustände auf."Wir lassen sie [...]

    7. Jade

      Jean Ziegler parvient à expliquer de façon très imagée les causes, et surtout les conséquences de la faim dans le monde. Son discours est constitué d'anecdotes, et il bâtit ses arguments avec un bel équilibre de séquences descriptives/parfois émotives, et de séquences factuelles basées sur des statistiques fiables.Les aspects du livre que j'ai le plus appréciés:1. L'explication et l'utilisation de termes précis pour définir la faim (faim structurelle vs faim conjoncturelle, par e [...]

    8. Chloé

      Hunger is a problem we can solve. The nations, banks and multinational are the cause of hunger. We have enough food to feed everybody in the world. Each kid dying of hunger is a murdered kid. Powerful countries or companies steal the earth from poor counties, paying about nothing, creating nearly no jobs and the one they create are as good than slavery.To create 40L of agrofuel you have to burn the food of a kids for a year, we waste a lot of water, and pollute, because by burning them add CO2 i [...]

    9. Patricia Banfield

      Das Buch beschreibt auf eine gut verständliche aber z. T. schockierende Art und Weise, wie groß die Hungersnot auf der Welt ist. Welche Auswirkung Hunger auf die Gesundheit der Menschen hat, die noch dazu keinen Zugang zum Gesundheitssystem hat. Doch nicht nur Ernteausfälle aufgrund der Witterungen verursachen Hunger, sondern auch die multinationalen Konzerne durch ihre Profitgier, die Nationen durch Subventionen an der falschen Stelle sowie die Einführung von Biodiesel. Nicht zu vergessen s [...]

    10. DeepThought42

      Jean Ziegler, UN Sonderberichterstatter für das Recht auf Nahrung, beweist in diesem Buch eindrucksvoll,wie die internationalen Multikonzerne, der IWF, die WTO und andere unter der Dogma des Neoliberalismus für Hunger auf der ganzen Welt sorgen. Außerdem schildert er eindrucksvoll die Situation der von Hunger geplagten Menschen, anhand von eigenen Erfahrungen vor Ort. Ein Buch das wirklich jeder gelesen haben sollte der sich für die empörende Realität interessiert !

    11. Andreasaria

      Excellent treatise on the behind-the-scenes politics that are causing, increasing, and failing to solve the worldwide problem of suffering from lack of food access, with sobering reports on the resulting death, disease, hungerd wasted human potential. Mr. Ziegler provides personal examples from his years as the UN Rapporteur on the Right to Food, and updated statistics behind the global waste and destruction of food and agricultural resources.

    12. Ariadna73

      Another super-scary book with a hint of hope: in summary, the world is ruled by a horde of criminals who become richer and more powerful as they kill more and more people: they restrict access to food, use the land to create bio-fuels instead of food, keep entire communities isolated, without access to water or food, etc. Will it be possible to stop them? Well, it will be very difficult, but maybe not entirely impossible.

    13. Marcelle Nadeau

      Toutes les cinq secondes un enfant de moins de dix ans meurt de faim, tandis que des dizaines de millions d’autres, et leurs parents avec eux, souffrent de la sous-alimentation et de ses terribles séquelles physiques et psychologiques.Et pourtant, les experts le savent bien, l’agriculture mondiale d’aujourd’hui serait en mesure de nourrir 12 milliards d’êtres humains, soit près du double de la population mondiale. Nulle fatalité, donc, à cette destruction massive. Comment y mettre [...]

    14. Dee Halzack

      Excellent coverage of the topic. The good news is that we've made some progress against hunger. However, because the world's population keeps growing, there are more people among the desperately hunger.And the same people who trashed the world economy have discovered speculation in food crops and the lands that grow them as another focus of their greed. This should make everyone boiling mad.

    15. Becci Fobbe

      "The world has enough for everyones need, but not for everyones greed". Mahatma GhandiJean Ziegler ist es wunderbar gelungen, die wirklichen Verbrecher dieser Welt zu entlarven, und den Leser dabei auf die ungleiche Nahrungsverteilung in dieser Welt aufmerksam zu machen. Ein Buch, das schockiert, aber auch motiviert, seine eigene Stimme zu erheben gegen diesen Wahnsinn.

    16. Eva

      If I have to critisize anything aboutthis book, it is the frequent polemical choice of words - not because this is uncalled for, given the topic, butbecause, sadly, it makes it easy for the author's enemies to accuse him (once more) of a lack of professionalism and, by consequence, credibility. And that would be a great shame.

    17. Marianne

      Instructive reading. A lot of informations and statistics. It's impressive to see an author writing with so much passion.

    18. Eric Jeanpierre

      Jean Ziegler is the master of honesty. Great book on the right to food: the legal concept and how it is actually enforced

    19. Hope

      Interesting book, it shines when retelling stories about the lack of food, globally. Slower at other points, a bit technical.

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