Let Them Eat Junk: How Capitalism Creates Hunger and Obesity
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Let Them Eat Junk: How Capitalism Creates Hunger and Obesity

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This is the first book to analyze the food industry from a Marxist perspective. 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 per cent of the world population is overfed and 25 per cent are hungry.

This malnourishment of 50 per cent the world's popula...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 28th 2008 by Pluto Press
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Tara Brabazon
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.

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Sonja Livingston
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
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
Too economic-y for my tastes. Could not get through the first few chapters before returning the book.
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