“The great food robbery” a new book from GRAIN

GRAIN | 04 May 2012 |


The global food system is in profound crisis. Over a billion people suffer from hunger each day, and this number is rising faster than the global population, even though there is more than enough food in the world to feed everybody. Climate change, fuelled by a wasteful and polluting industrial food system, threatens to make things much worse. At the same time, corporations are grabbing millions of hectares of farmland and water systems in poor countries, and displacing rural communities.

The great food robbery” looks at the forces driving the world into this crisis. It focuses on corporations and the ways they organise and control food production and distribution and how this destroys local food systems. It provides information and analysis that will enable and inspire people to take the food system back from corporations and put it in the hands of local communities.

How Corporations Control Food, Grab Land and Destroy the Climate

The Great Food Robbery is a collection of materials produced by GRAIN, which in 2011 received the Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the Alternative Nobel Price. The Organisation works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.


This book has been realised with the financial support of Action Solidarité Tiers Monde.

French and Spanish versions will be available soon.

The book can be ordered from the Pambazuka Press website http://www.fahamubooks.org or by clicking on this link. For ordering bulk copies at discounted rate, please contact Aaron O’Dowling-Keane: aaron@fahamu.org

A copy of the book can be borrowed a the Citim “Centre d’Information Tiers Monde” in Luxembourg.


“This is the final wake-up call to take up the fight for our food future. If the control over food and nutrition security are a concern to you, this is the book.”
– Dr. Hans R. Herren, president, Millennium Institute

“For 20 years, GRAIN has fuelled anti-corporate campaigns with its groundbreaking research and biting analysis. Today, GRAIN is on the leading edge of the fight against land grabs, powered by its signature political clarity and deep roots in the social movements on the front lines. A must read.”
– Naomi Klein, author of “The shock doctrine”

“Everyone should read ‘The great food robbery’ – every citizen, every political leader – to understand how agribusiness, which has created hunger and disease, is now contributing to the biggest resource grab since Columbus.”
– Vandana Shiva, Navdanya and Research Foundation for Science, Technology & Ecology

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