It's All for Sale: The Control of Global Resources

By James Ridgeway

Five businesses dominate the U.S. petroleum undefined. 5 keep watch over the global alternate in grain. have a nook at the deepest marketplace for consuming water. by way of real money, alternate in heroin, cocaine, and tobacco ranks along that during grain or metals. There are extra slaves on this planet this day than ever sooner than. source through source, It’s excited by Sale uncovers and discloses who owns, buys, and sells what. a few resources—such as gas, metals, fertilizers, medicinal drugs, fibers, meals, forests, and flowers—have, for greater or worse, lengthy been considered commodities. Others—including clean water, humans, the sky, the oceans, and existence itself (in the shape of genetic codes)—are extra startling to think about as items with expense tags, yet, as James Ridgeway indicates, they're handled as such on an enormous scale in profitable markets round the world. 

Revealing the strangely small variety of businesses that keep an eye on some of the simple commodities we use in daily life, It’s enthusiastic about Sale confirms in particular element that globalization has been observed by means of a unprecedented focus of possession. while, it truly is approximately even more than what corporation has cornered the marketplace in corn or diamonds. enterprises and captains of undefined, wars and swindles, oppressors and the oppressed, empires and colonies, army may possibly and advertisement energy, fiscal increase and bust—all those come alive in Ridgeway’s canny and arresting reporting in regards to the worldwide scramble for strength and revenue. It’s concerned with Sale is a useful resource for researchers, activists, and all these eager about globalization, company strength, and the exploitation of people and the environment.

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