Endless Appetites

Endless Appetites

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Bjerga, Alan Bloomberg Press, 2011 Audio summary available
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Since 2007 food prices have risen rapidly worldwide, creating hunger and unrest. In Endless Appetites, Alan Bjerga contends that deregulated commodities trading is the cause for the hunger and unrest. He describes how a market designed to hedge risk for a small group of food producers and processors has become a “casino” for investors. Even as the world produces more than enough food to feed itself, the very farmers who produce much of that food suffer deprivation. Bjerga has visited many of these farmers in his many years as an agricultural journalist. He finds hope in the potential for development in sub-Saharan Africa. Such development would link producers to markets for their products in ways that ensure a greater share of the profits flows through to the farmers. Bjerga believes the problem of world hunger is solvable.