Agrarian Questions and Global Restructuring
Edited by David Goodman, Michael Watts
Routledge – 1997 – 400 pages
In an increasingly global world, societies are being provisioned from a bewildering array of sources as new countries and new food commodities are drawn into international markets. Globalising Food provides an innovative contribution to the area of political economy of agriculture, food and consumption through a revealing investigation of the globalisation and restructuring of localised agricultural sectors and food systems.
The book draws on new theoretical perspectives and wide-ranging case studies from Britain, the USA, India, South Africa, New Zealand and Latin America. The key themes addresses range from giant multinational food corporations, rural industrialisation and World Bank policies, to the regulation of pollution, labour relations, urban food politics and environmental sustainability. Globalising Food offers important insights into the problems, consequences and limits of the industrialisation of agriculture and the provisioning of food in a global world as we approach the new millenium.
'Globalising Food is a significant contribution to a new radical critique of globalization.' - Tim Lang, Times Higher Education Supplement
'This book is an important and valuable contribution to the study of food and agriculture.' - Environment and Planning
'Presenting rich empirical accounts of so many geographic regions and extending theoretical debate … this is a wonderful edited collection which will undoubtedly prove invaluable to researchers working in the areas of critical geography, political economy and international development.' - Economic Geography Research Group