You are invited you to a book launch of Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food and a lecture by the author, Tim Wise, on March 28 from 6:00-7:30pm at Drake University.
In Eating Tomorrow, Wise takes readers on a worldwide journey to understand the continued prevalence of hunger amid plenty. If the world now has record levels of grain production, why does it also have rising indices of hunger and malnutrition? Wise makes a convincing case that increasing the industrial production of agricultural commodities does almost nothing for the world’s hungry. Oddly enough, it can even make them hungrier. He argues that agribusiness and its well-heeled philanthropic promoters have hijacked food policies to feed corporate interests. Rather than helping the hungry eat today, they are undermining sustainable food production and destroying the natural resources— land, air, water, climate—we all will need to eat tomorrow.
In the tradition of Michael Pollan and Wenonah Hauter, Wise challenges the corporate control of our food and health. Wise’s revealing interviews with government officials and corporate leaders expose the harsh realities of land-grabbing, the corporate threats to supplant farmers’ native seeds with GMOs, the economic shock of NAFTA and free trade to rural communities, the meager hunger-reducing impacts of “green revolution” seeds and fertilizers, and the ravages of climate change on vulnerable family farmers. Drawing on his wide-ranging interviews with poor farmers, Wise offers policy solutions that can help hungry farmers eat today while giving them the natural and financial resources that could allow them—and all of us—to eat tomorrow.
Tim Wise directs the Land and Food Rights Program at the Small Planet Institute. He is also a senior research fellow at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute, where he founded and directed its Globalization and Sustainable Development Program. He previously served as executive director of the U.S.-based aid agency Grassroots International.
I hope you will consider joining us in the Cowles Library Reading Room at Drake University, on March 28 from 6:00-7:30pm.