"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.
"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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