November 17, 2017


Cynicism, food and power

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A leading article for The Ecologist Vol. 26 No. 6, November/December 1996, by The Editors. Republished in The Doomsday Funbook (Jon Carpenter Books, February 2006). See ordering information for the Funbook. “Within a decade, no man, woman or child will go to bed hungry”, vowed Dr. Henry Kissinger as US Secretary of State in 1974 […]

To prevent world famine we must reverse current agricultural policies

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Paper of a speech given to the World Food Day Seminar, Dublin, 16th October 1991 The current policies of governments throughout the world are those that best contribute to economic development, the overall socio-economic goal to which all other considerations, whether they be biological, social, ecological or even moral, are ruthlessly subordinated. Economic development is […]

Is the World Bank financing impoverishment and famine?

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  Dear Mr Clausen, As you will remember, a special double issue of The Ecologist (Vol. 15, No. 1/2) contained an open letter to you, in which I accused your organisation, the World Bank, of funding environmentally and socially destructive projects that were seriously contributing to the escalation of poverty, malnutrition and famine throughout the […]

Man-made famines

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Book Review: The Geography of Famine, by William A. Dando. Arnold, London, 1980. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 10 No. 10, December 1980. This is an extremely interesting book. Its overt goal is to show that, in general, famines, rather than be ‘acts of God’, as many people assume, are, in fact, man-made: “Natural factors […]

World grain outlook

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An article from 1973 pointing out why, despite the continuing technologically driven attempts to feed an ever growing world population with an ever growing appetite, each attempt eventually fails, leading inevitably to yet another food crisis potentially worse than the previous. The world food crisis is upon us. Until a few months ago, august food […]