Glen Ellyn, IL

Stuffed and Starved

To show how a few powerful food distributors control the health of the entire world, Raj Patel conducted a global investigation, traveling from the “green deserts” of Brazil and protester-packed streets of South Korea to bankrupt Ugandan coffee farms and barren fields in India.

What he uncovered is shocking: The real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa, an epidemic of farmer suicides, and the false choices and conveniences in supermarkets. Yet he also found hope in international resistance movements working to create a more democratic, sustainable and joyful food system.

In this lecture Raj Patel explains the steps needed to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of farmers and consumers, and rebalance global sustenance.

Patel, controversial author, journalist and food policy expert, continuously challenges our presumptions about the global food economy through his work as a policy analyst and activist.
In his book Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, Patel discusses the growing worldwide food crisis and ways to solve it. His latest book is The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy.

March 18, 2010
7:30 p.m.
McAninch Arts Center Mainstage
More information here: http://www.cod.edu/special/cls/raj/patel.htm