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Let Them Eat Junk: How Capitalism Creates Hunger and Obesity

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  21 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Respected economist Robert Albritton argues that the capitalist system, far from delivering on the promise of cheap, nutritious food for all, has created a world where 25% of the world population are over-fed and 25% are hungry. This malnourishment of 50% of the world's population is explained systematically, a refreshing change from accounts that focus on cultural factors ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 20th 2009 by Pluto Press (first published December 28th 2008)
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John Igo
Dec 15, 2014 John Igo rated it it was ok
This book was less about junk food and more about the shortcomings of capitalism.

I can't say that I disagree with much of what Albritton puts forward, I just don't think it's a message that will be palpable to the average American who's been raised on the cult of capitalism and consumerism.
Tara Brabazon
Aug 07, 2011 Tara Brabazon rated it it was amazing
This book is magnificent. It is a powerful analysis of "food regimes" in a world where both an obesity 'epidemic' and deathly starvation punctuate the globe. The consequences of capitalism on food - well captured through 'meatification' of our diets, fast food and eating food in cars - is powerfully presented.

This is a book with a clear, sharp and powerful analysis. The unequal distribution of food is based on the unequal distribution of resources, within nations and between nations.

This is one
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Sonja Livingston
Jan 10, 2010 Sonja Livingston rated it it was amazing
Presents mportant thinking about how and why the food industry functions as it does and how and why we, in turn, eat as we do. It's a five star for anyone interested in the topic, but feels more academic in its approach, versus written for a general audience.
Rachael Hassan
Aug 01, 2012 Rachael Hassan rated it it was ok
Would be okay as an intro to the topic, but it hops back and forth a lot and only touches on things without properly discussing them. The title is pretty misleading too.
Surfing Moose
Too academic for my taste and more of a comparison between Marxism and Capitalism. Still a good read on the subject with more of a political bent.
Tracie Ferguson
Jul 19, 2012 Tracie Ferguson rated it did not like it
Too economic-y for my tastes. Could not get through the first few chapters before returning the book.
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