Read this book after 15 odd years. While the data and examples are dated, Susan George does a brilliant job explaining capitalist food systems and the resulting disparity between rich and poor. Can't go wrong with a book with pictures...
For Beginners系列，真係本本精品，Food for Beginners有好多Inconvinent truths:
1. In 1980 -81, Underdeveloped conuntries iported 100 illion tons of cereals compared to 30 illion tons 15 years earlier. Even that level of imports has left millions of people starving, especially in the countryside. The peasants, in return, export agricultural products at prices they don't control in exchange for importing agricultural products at prices they don't control either.
2. 4% of world's big landowners control half the worlds cropland (Just 0.23% of owners control over half of all land, crop or otherwise, worldwide). Unequal distribution is not reserved for the Third World. In the USA, 5% of the farmers work over half the cropland.
3.Spitz's Law: Pierre Spitz's model of the effects of drought on "self-provisioning". Spitz's Law is easy to remember: "In capitalist ("free market") economies, Self Provisioning Intensity Tends to Zero." Get it? The way the wather hits people is directly related to their relative econic strength.