Hungry Capital: The Financialization of Food

By Luigi Russi


Over the earlier thirty years, the facility of world finance to impact elements of way of life has been expanding at an unheard of cost. the realm of foodstuff bears shiny testimony to this tendency, during the scars opened by means of the 2008 international foodstuff rate difficulty, the iron fist of retailing giants that occupy the provision chain and the unsustainable ecological footprint left in the back of by way of international creation networks.
Hungry Capital bargains a rigorous research of the impact that monetary imperatives exert at the meals economic system at diversified degrees: from the direct use of fit to be eaten commodities as an item of hypothesis to the advanced foodstuff chains manage by way of brands and supermarkets. It argues that the round compulsion to construct earnings upon earnings that worldwide finance injects into the realm of nutrients restructures the fundamental nurturing dating among guy and nature right into a streamlined technique from which price needs to be mined. the outcome is a tremendous Leviathan that holds jointly whereas – at each step – dangers to crumble.

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