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

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

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

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

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