Raj Patel

Raj Patel is an activist, academic and author of Stuffed and Starved and more recently The Value of Nothing. His current project is called the Generation of Food Project, a documentary and book about the future of the food system.

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Friday, October 18, 2013
This Land is Our Land?
Imagine a country where ideologues bent on land reform turn agriculture into the plaything of the world’s richest investors, and poor local farmers are locked out of millions of acres prime agricultural land. Then stop imagining some African country run by a despot and his friends and start picturing the United States.
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Monday, June 03, 2013
On Human Rights, Wendy's Isn't Old Fashioned -- Just Outdated
Wendy's, the world's third largest burger joint, is having a makeover. From being "Wendy's Old Fashioned Burgers" we're now told it's just "Wendy's." The ginger-haired befreckled Wendy remains on the logo, though in their TV spots she's a hipper twentysomething. Yet behind the new facade lie some very old-fashioned attitudes.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
US Politicians Must Regulate Finance to Tackle the Drought and Food-Price Crisis
If you're wondering whether the US drought will create a global food crisis, the answer's easy. It's yes, because there's a food crisis already. The latest year for which we have figures is 2010, when 925 million people were declared malnourished.
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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Treaty Like It’s 1999: Connecting the Dots on Trade
Although it seems they fell out of fashion after the 1999 WTO protests , trade agreements are still being drafted.
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Friday, May 06, 2011
At Glencore's Pinnacle of Capitalism, Even Hunger is a Commodity
What does it take to make the food speculators at Goldman Sachs look like they're playing for lunch money? A secretive Swiss-based company, and one of the world's largest commodity trading firms, knows.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Food Crises Pummel the Poor, Austerity Multiplies Pain
Anyone in Britain alarmed by rising inflation should look to an Indian villager for understanding about the latest worry in the global economy.
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Monday, November 01, 2010
Polite Laughter on the Mall
Hundreds of thousands came. Theresa Floyd, a 19 year old student and poet, flew from California to try to make the world "marginally better". Wassim Shazad, a 36 year old brick shithouse of a former-Marine drove four hours from North Carolina, to take aim at racial stereotypes of Muslims in America. For nearly everyone I spoke to, this was their first rally.
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Friday, April 09, 2010
Down on the Clown
It was a seminal moment. For the first time, breaking all convention, Ronald turned to the TV cameras and addressed himself to his viewers directly. It had never been done before, and it set off a revolution the consequences of which we still struggle to fight.
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Haiti: Horsemen and Hoarse Women
It’s already bitterly ironic that Bill Clinton is the United Nation’s special envoy to Haiti, after the economic policy he imposed there to transform it into the Caribbean’s sweatshop. Now, President Obama has asked George Bush to lead fundraising efforts for relief in Haiti. After Bush took part in an international coup to overthrow Aristide . It’s like sending in the horsemen of the apocalypse to negotiate peace. There are, however, more sensible ideas.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The Trap of Green Consumerism
I often get asked whether I think fair trade is a bad idea, and my response is usually "it's much better to buy fair trade than to buy unfair trade - but if you care about farmers, ask them what they want." In general, I'm not favorably inclined toward green consumerism.
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