Who Really Feeds the World?
The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology
Author: Vandana Shiva
Debunking the notion that our current food crisis must be addressed through industrial agriculture and genetic modification, author and activist Vandana Shiva argues that those forces are in fact the ones responsible for the hunger problem in the first place. Who Really Feeds the World? is a powerful manifesto calling for agricultural justice and genuine sustainability, drawing upon Shiva’s thirty years of research and accomplishments in the field. Instead of relying on genetic modification and large-scale monocropping to solve the world’s food crisis, she proposes that we look to agroecology—the knowledge of the interconnectedness that creates food—as a truly life-giving alternative to the industrial paradigm. Shiva succinctly and eloquently lays out the networks of people and processes that feed the world, exploring issues of diversity, the needs of small famers, the importance of seed saving, the movement toward localization, and the role of women in producing the world’s food.
"[Shiva] makes many points that refute reflexive anger and demand immediate discussion. [She] brings new urgency to her explanations of the problems caused by monoculture agriculture, anchored by corn and soybeans in America... A book to jump-start conversations about a crucial subject."—Booklist
Praise for Vandana Shiva
"Her fierce intellect and her disarmingly friendly, accessible manner have made her a valuable advocate for people all over the developing world."—Ms. magazine
“A rock star in the worldwide battle against genetically modified seeds.”—Bill Moyers
"Shiva is a burst of creative energy, an intellectual power."—The Progressive
"One of the world's most prominent radical scientists."—The Guardian
From the Trade Paperback edition.