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Hungry Corporations: Transnational Biotech Companies Colonise the Food Chain Paperback – January 17, 2004

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Helena Paul is an independent consultant and member of Econexus, an international non-profit research organization.

Ricarda A. Steinbrecher is Director of Econexus.

Lucy Michaels is the food and agriculture researcher at CorporateWatch UK.

Devlin Kuyek is an activist researcher.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books (January 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842773011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842773017
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,006,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Malvin VINE VOICE on July 22, 2006
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"Hungry Corporations" by Helena Paul and Ricarda Steinbrecher is an excellent introduction to the corporate agribusiness and biotechnology industry. The author's discussion and analysis of how industry and government are collaborating to literally force-feed a profit-driven agenda on a mostly uncaring or unknowing public is eye-opening. The book is well-supported by ample research and scores of real life news stories and case studies, which lends a high credibility factor to the authors; the solid scholarship in this book contrasts sharply with the hyperbolic and misleading claims emanating from the agribusiness sector, which makes the industry appear to be particularly insidious and cynical.

The authors dispel industry's claim that genetically modified (GM) crops have been developed as a supply-side solution to alleviate hunger, which in fact is a problem that is attributable to economic and social inequality. Public relations (PR) firms have been successful in stoking the public imagination and belief in miracles to put a Panglossian spin on the agribusiness industry's dangerous experiments. We learn how industry propaganda often works in tandem with government trade initiatives to promote corporate agribusiness interests overseas. Therefore, to the extent that the U.S. is home to the most influential biotech companies and the most influential government player in the globalization game, the PR industry's success in pacifying the U.S. public has been key to GM crops gaining wider acceptance worldwide.

The book discusses the many ill effects of the biotech revolution, which includes a loss of indigenous knowledge, decreased genetic diversity and contamination of non-GM plants.
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