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Food first: Beyond the myth of scarcity Hardcover – 1977


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton-Mifflin; 1St Edition edition (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395253470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395253472
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,756,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent work which discusses the negations involved
in major agriculture. The author explains how an increase
in food productive capability can result in greater unavailability of foodstuffs for the needy. For instance,
the following consequences may follow increases in land
productivity:
o land values increase forcing tenants and small farmers elsewhere
o payments in money become the rule although money buys less
o control of scarce land becomes concentrated in fewer hands
o even communal lands are expropriated by powerful individuals
o peasants are trapped into debt bondage
o quantity and market value rather than nutrition become the
formula for agricultural planning
The author explains negations in the Philippines, Bangladesh,
West Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
Surprisingly, some researchers have found that a country's
decrease in export earnings may make people better off.
In such circumstances, tenants are better able to enforce their
demands for land and for permission to grow subsistence crops.
This work is an important treatise on the economic aspects
of agriculture. It complements works by David Ricardo and
others.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Karpman on February 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is an eye opener. We have been led to believe that there is not enough food in the world to feed all of the starving people. We are told that the only solution is a combination of more technology and global trade. Is it possible that these assumptions are not true? Read this book and make up your own mind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ernest schusky on August 14, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When i went to St. Louis University to hear Lappe speak, I saw a young woman on the stage I assumed was an undergraduate to introduce Ms. Lappe. At the appointed time, she rose and began to speak with a passion and devotion, but without notes, that proved her dedication and knowledge.
The results of the Green Revolution were just beginning to be questioned as a way of ending world hunger, and Lappe was leading the way to demonstrate that world hunger could not be solved soley by increased production. Indeed, enough food was being produced to feed the world, but unequal distribution was the underlying cause of the hunger spots in the world. Maldistribution, not malproduction, was the root cause. Later, in another book, Lappe would show that problems existed with maxium production because diets high in red meat caused health problems.
Enough data were available for Lappe to prove her point, and later research has confirmed it. I am glad that I used Food First as a text for a seminar clsss, and her example focused the research in my own book, Culture and Agriculture.
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