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Let Them Eat Junk

How Capitalism Creates Hunger and Obesity

by Robert Albritton

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economic policy, theory, consumer behavior
list price: $21.95
published: 2009
publisher: ARP Books

Respected economist Robert Albritton argues that the capitalist system, far from delivering on the promise of cheap, nutritious food for all, has created a world where 25% of the world population are over-fed and 25% are hungry. This malnourishment of 50% of the world's population is explained systematically, a refreshing change from accounts that focus on cultural factors and individual greed. Albritton details the economic relations and connections that have put us in a situation of simultaneous oversupply and undersupply of food. This explosive book provides yet more evidence that the human cost of capitalism is much bigger than those in power will admit.

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Coming to it as someone who is fairly knowledgeable about the crisis due to the globalization of food, I was amazed to find nothing not here that I already knew -- and a whole lot more that I didn't. -- Philip Damon, in peacecorpsworldwide.org

Let Them Eat Junk stands high above the current crop of food politics books. It identifies capitalism and how it structures every aspect of food production and consumption: for that it's worth a hundred 100 Mile Diets. -- Daniel Serge, in New Socialist

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Robert Albritton

Robert Albritton is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada. His other publications include Economics Transformed (Pluto, 2007).
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