How the Other Half Dies
The Real Reasons for World Hunger
Publisher: Allanheld, Osmun
Year Published: 1977 First Published: 1976
Pages: 308pp ISBN: 9780916672089
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX15922
Why are so many people hungry? Susan George affirms with conviction and with evidence that it is not because there are too many people on the planet, nor because of bad weather or changing climates, but because food is controlled by the rich.
Abstract: Hunger is not a scourge but a scandal. This is the premise of Susan George's classic study of world hunger.
Contrary to popular opinion, malnutrition and starvation are not the result of over-population, of poor climate or lack of cultivatable land. The reason why hunger exists on such a vast scale is because world food supplies are controlled by the rich and powerful for the wealthy consumer. The multinational agribusiness corporations, Western governments with their food 'aid' policies and supposedly neutral multilateral development organizations share responsibility for the fate of the undeveloped countries. Working with local elites, protected by the powerful West, the United States paves the way and is gradually imposing its control over the whole planet.
How the Other Half Dies was written after the World Food Conference in 1974. Yet the needs remain the same and the book's relevance, its ability to shock and its power to enrage have in no measure deminished.