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Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty

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In the 21st century, why do people still die of hunger? Read this shocking report on how Western policies lead to famine.


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Farm subsidies started out as a good way to protect hardworking US and European farmers against the vagaries of the marketplace and the weather. But they’ve morphed into a major reason why the developing world suffers regular, devastating famines. The effects of subsidies on commodity prices often mean that poor farmers, particularly those in Africa, cannot make any money selling their harvests, so they cannot buy the seeds and fertilizers they need to grow future crops. Without incomes, they and their families starve. In this revealing, shocking book, Wall Street Journal reporters Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman examine how – as they contend – practices by rich nations keep developing nations poor and hungry. getAbstract recommends this book to those who want to know why, in the 21st century, people still starve to death, and what’s to be done about it.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the Green Revolution is
  • Why worldwide hunger persists despite remarkable agricultural advances
  • How to solve the world’s food problem


Abundance, Then Starvation
Massive famines continue to plague humanity, despite the Earth’s capacity to feed everyone on the planet. The world’s nations are well-aware of the scourge of starvation; they send food and aid once famine hits a country or region, yet the help often comes too...
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About the Authors

Roger Thurow is a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, where Scott Kilman covers agriculture. In 2005, the United Nations honored them for their reporting.

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