Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Agriculture and Food in Crisis

It was a busy night for The Green. Right after the Slow Fashion Meetup I rushed over to this book presentation.
Presented by Monthly Review Press, this event took place on Monday, March 21, 2011, 8:00-10:00 p.m. at 310 West 43 st.

Paula Segal, an activist with Brooklyn Food Coalition, moderated and Fred Magdoff and William Camacaro each spoke.

Magdoff, a retired professor at University of Vermont and an adjunct professor at Cornell, spoke about the world food crisis. It is clear that he is incredibly knowledgable about the subject, and he crammed as much as he could into his 25 minutes.
Food prices are increasing, and when people already spend 60% of their money on food, they just can't cope with a double in food prices. He mentioned the case of Indians starving as they watched the wheat rot on the docks waiting to be exported. But these people don't have "effective demand," or purchasing power. There are close to 3 billion people living on $2 per day, but they don't have a say in the food system.

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