Meet Raj Patel: who worked for the World Bank, the WTO, and the UN, and has been gassed on four continents protesting against them.

Why is this the first time I’ve come across this extraordinary man? It reminds me of when I finally discovered Vandana Shiva.

From my notes:

The basic rule is: if you have money, you get to eat. If you don’t have money, you starve.

In times of famine, people read the writing on the wall ahead of time. They hoard food. which leads to hunger!

The systems we have set up are inimical to feeding people when we distribute food through capitalism.

We are producing more food than ever before in history, and yet there are nearly a billion people who are going hungry.

“Raj Patel is a writer, activist, and academic, focusing on the global food system and food justice. He is currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies, a fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and a fellow with organization Food First. He has worked for the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and the United Nations, and has been tear gassed on four continents protesting against them. The second edition of Patel’s first book Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System has just been released by Melville House Books. His most recent work, The Value of Nothing (2010, Portobello Books), is a New York Times best-seller.

“David Zlutnick interviewed Patel at his home in San Francisco around the topic of international food markets and their role in propagating inequities in food access and distribution, as well as ongoing popular resistance to these market forces. He argues the latter, which he sees coming to fruition both through organized transnational campaigns as well as “food rebellions,” represent significant possibility for not only the transformation of the food system but also political accountability.”

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