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Stuffed and Starved Reading Group

  • Brooklyn Public Library 10 Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, NY, 11238 United States (map)

Join the NYC DSA Ecosocialist Working Group for a discussion of Stuffed and Starved: The Battle for the World Food System.

One billion people in the world are malnourished and almost twice that are overweight. In Stuffed and Starved, Raj Patel explains that the problem is not that the global food system doesn’t make enough to feed everyone, it’s that the priorities of consolidation and profit prevent justice for farmers and quality food for consumers.

Patel's comprehensive investigation into the global food network took him from the colossal supermarkets of California to India’s wrecked paddy-fields and Africa’s bankrupt coffee farms, while along the way he ate genetically engineered soy beans and dodged flying objects in the protester-packed streets of South Korea. What he found was shocking, from the false choices given us by supermarkets to a global epidemic of farmer suicides, and real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa.

Yet he also found great cause for hope — in international resistance movements working to create a more democratic, sustainable and joyful food system. Going beyond ethical consumerism, Patel explains how achieving food justice requires that farmers and consumers wrest control of the global food economy from capitalist agribusiness.

Stuffed and Starved is available from bookstores and online sellers, or direct from the publisher in paper, e-book and PDF formats at

For a reading guide, see

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