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From: Sébastien Budgen <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, May 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM
Subject: [historicalmaterialism] New Book: Let Them Eat Junk: How Capitalism Creates Hunger and Obesity
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Let Them Eat Junk: How Capitalism Creates Hunger and Obesity (by
Robert Albritton) is a strong critique of capitalism from the point of
view of the irrational system of food provision that it has shaped.
Capitalism may promise cheap, nutritious food for all, but it has
failed to deliver on that promise. The 40 percent of the world’s
population of 6.5 billion people that makes $2 per day or less have a
continual fight against hunger and malnutrition, while another 25% has
to struggle against obesity which is a major risk factor for diabetes,
heart disease, cancer, and most other chronic illnesses. Every half
hour 360 children under five die from illnesses related to
malnutrition, and it is predicted that soon up to one billion children
will suffer from mental stunting due to malnutrition. But the problems
extend far beyond hunger and obesity. Our food system is wreaking
havoc with the global environment, while at the same time it and
capitalism in general are undermining efforts to expand democracy and
social justice.

“Marx understood the dynamics of the current food crisis over a
century ago. Robert Albritton has written a fine primer, bridging the
best thinking of the nineteenth century to the urgent needs of the

Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved

“[This book] pulls no punches in its analysis....To understand how
starvation and obesity can coexist in the same populations, follow the
flow of capital. Everyone who cares about food equity and the
preservation of democracy should read this book.”

Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies,
and Public Health at New York University, author of several book
including Food Politics.

Robert Albritton is professor emeritus in the Department of Political
Science at York University, Toronto, Canada.

Order from Amazon:

$14.93 US for paperback

Published for Canada by Arbeiter Ring Press and for the rest of the
world by Pluto Press UK.


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