The World Food System
with Dr. Haroon Akram-Lodhi
The world food system is designed to enable you to understand how our food system, with its unparallelled affluence and immense deprivation, came to be, unpacking the key factors shaping contemporary production, distribution, access to and consumption of food, both here and elsewhere. After all, if we want the world to become a better place it seems that a good place to start would be on our plates.

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EP 07 An alternative food system? Agroecology PT 3: Examples of agroecology

Agroecology in action demonstrates its capacity to feed people, cool the climate, and produce a living wage.

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EP 07 An alternative food system? Agroecology PT 2: What is agroecology?

The principals of agroecology are reviewed and the ways in which it meets the challenges that need to be met by contemporary agriculture are established.

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EP 07 An alternative food system? Agroecology PT 1: Why not organic?

The multiple crises of the corporate food regime suggest that an alternative food system needs to be developed. However, the rapid growth of transnational organic suggests that organic agricultural systems are not necessarily the basis by which an…

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EP 06 Crisis and the demand for food PT 4: COVID-19 and the corporate food regime

The mechanisms by which industrial agriculture increases the likelihood of zoonotic diseases are reviewed.

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EP 06 Crisis and the demand for food PT 3: Crisis in the supply of food

The ways in which emerging constraints upon the production of food might impact upon food prices is reviewed, before evaluating the relative merits of both demand- and supply-side explanations of rising food prices.

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EP 06 Crisis and the demand for food PT 2: Crisis and food prices

The ways in which changing patterns in the demand for food might impact upon food prices is reviewed.

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EP 06 Crises in the corporate food regime PT 1: Crisis and food prices

The challenges produced by the corporate food regime have been amply demonstrated in the 21st century by rising food price inflation since 2007 and the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Food price inflation reflects a combination of demand dynamics and…

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EP 05 The corporate food regime and financialization

The contemporary world food system has seen the entrance of global finance in an historically-unprecedented way. Since the deregulation of financial contracts in the United States in the 1990s and the rise in global food prices following 2007, global…

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EP 04 The corporate food regime PT 5: The challenges of the corporate food regime

The configuration of the production, distribution and consumption of food within the contemporary world food system produces planetary challenges that must be addressed

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EP 04 The corporate food regime PT 4: Monopoly power

The corporate food regime has witnessed a remarkable and historically unprecedented concentration and centralization of agro-food transnational corporations.

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