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78th Annual Summer Conference, August 6–9, 2009


Suggested Readings

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The Omnivore’s Delusion: Against the Agri-intellectuals 
“Food, Inc.”, running in movie theatres, 
G8 move to halt 'farmland grabbing', Financial Times, May 26, 2009
“Spoiled: Organic and Local Is So 2008” Excerpt of an article posted at

Allen, Patricia (Ed.). Food for the future: Conditions and contradictions of sustainability.
Wiley & Sons, 1996, 328 pages
(With a chapter by Couch 2009 speaker Harriett Friedmann: After Midas' feast: Alternative food regimes for the future.)

Barndt, Deborah. Tangled routes: Women, work, and globalization on the tomato trail.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2007, 335 pages

Barndt, Deborah (Ed.). Women working the NAFTA food chain: Women, food and globalization.
Second Story Press, 1999, 280 pages
(With a chapter by Couch 2009 speaker Harriett Friedmann: “Remaking Traditions”: How we eat, what we eat and the changing political economy of food.)

Belasco, Warren and Roger Horowitz. Food chains: From farmyard to shopping cart.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008, 320 pages

Belasco, Warren and Philip Scranton. Food nations: Selling taste in consumer societies.
Routledge, 2002, 288 pages

Belasco, Warren. Meals to come: A history of the future of food.
University of California Press, 2006, 358 pages

Bernstein, Henry, Ben Crow, Maureen Mackintosh & Charlotte Martin (Eds.). The food question: Profits versus people?
Earthscan Publications, 1990, 214 pages
(With a chapter by Couch 2009 speaker Harriett Friedmann: The origins of third world food dependence.)

Bray, Tamara L. The archaeology and politics of food and feasting in early states and empires.
Springer, 2003, 292 pages

Buhler, William, Stephen Morse and Eddie Arthur. Science, agriculture and research: A compromised participation?
Earthscan, 2002, 163 pages

Charles, Daniel. Lords of the harvest: Biotech, big money, and the future of food.
Da Capo Press, 2002, 368 pages

Clapp, Jennifer (Couch 2009 speaker) and Peter Dauvergne. Paths to a green world: The political economy of the global environment
MIT Press, 2005, 327 pages

Clapp, Jennifer (Couch 2009 speaker) and Doris Fuchs (Eds.), Corporate power in global agrifood governance.
Mit Pr, 2009, 312 pages

Clapp, Jennifer (Couch 2009 speaker). Adjustment and agriculture in Africa: Farmers, the state, and the world bank in Guinea.
St. Martin's Press, 1997, 216 pages

Conway, Gordon. The doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the twenty-first century.
Penguin Books, 1997, 334 pages

DeGregori, Thomas R. Bountiful harvest: Technology, food safety, and the environment.
Cato Institute, 2002, 262 pages

Dreze, Jean, Amartya Kumar Sen and Athar Hussain. The political economy of hunger: Selected essays.
Oxford University Press, 1995, 644 pages

Dyer, Gwynne. The climate wars.
Random House of Canada Ltd, 2008, 304 pages

Gollner, Adam. The fruit hunters: A story of nature, adventure, commerce and obsession.
Simon & Schuster, 2008, 279 pages

Grescoe, Taras. Bottomfeeder: How to eat ethically in a world of vanishing seafood.
Bloomsbury USA, 2008, 327 pages

Grescoe, Taras, Dead Seas: How the Fish on Our Plates Is Killing Our Planet.
Pan Macmillan, 2009, 304 pages

Grew, Raymond, Food in global history.
Westview Press, 1999, 304 pages
(With a chapter by Couch 2009 speaker Harriett Friedmann: Circles of growing and eating: The political ecology of food and agriculture.)

Guha-Khasnobis, Basudeb, Shabd S. Acharya and Benjamin Davis. Food insecurity, Vulnerability and human rights failure.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, 368 pages

Heintzman, Andrew and Evan Solomon. Feeding the future: From fat to famine, how to solve the world's food crises.
House of Anansi, 2006, 317 pages

Holthaus, Gary H. From the farm to the table: What all Americans need to know about agriculture.
University Press of Kentucky, 2006, 363 pages

Imhoff, Daniel , Michael Pollan and Fred Kirschenmann, Food fight: The citizen's guide to a food and farm bill.
University of California Press, 2007, 167 pages

Jayne, Thomas S.,Isaac J. Minde and Gem Argwings-Kodhek. Perspectives on agricultural transformation: A view from Africa.
Nova Science, 2002, 273 pages

Katz, Sander Ellix. The revolution will not be microwaved: Inside America's underground food movements.
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006, 378 pages

Kuyek, Devlin. Stolen seeds.The privatisation of Canada's agricultural biodiversity.
Ram's Horn, 2004

Lambrecht, Bill, Dinner at the new gene café: how genetic engineering is changing what we eat, how we live, and the global politics of food.
St. Martin's Press, 2001, 383 pages

Lappé, Frances Moore, Joseph Collins and Peter Rosset. World hunger: 12 myths.
Grove Press, 1998, 270 pages

Levenstein, Harvey A. Paradox of plenty.
University of California Press, 2003, 353 pages

Lien, Marianne E. and Brigitte Nerlich. The politics of food.
Berg Publishers, 2004, 244 pages

McManis, Charles R., Biodiversity and the law: Intellectual property, biotechnology and traditional knowledge.
Earthscan, 2007, 484 pages

Menzel, Peter and Faith D'Aluisio. Hungry planet: What the world eats.
Ten Speed Press, 2007, 287 pages

Mitchell, Alanna. Seasick: The hidden crisis of global ocean change.
McClelland & Stewart, 2009, 320 pages

Mougeot, Luc J. A. Growing better cities: Urban agriculture for sustainable development.
IDRC, 2006, 97 pages

Nabhan, Gary Paul. Where our food comes from: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's quest to end famine.
Island Press, 2008, 256 pages

Nestle, Marion. Food politics: How the food industry influences nutrition and health.
University of California Press, 2002, 472 pages

Nestle, Marion. Safe food: bacteria, biotechnology, and bioterrorism.
University of California Press, 2003, 350 pages

Off, Carol (Couch 2009 speaker). Bitter chocolate: Investigating the dark side of the world's most seductive sweet.
Random House Canada, 2006, 336 pages

Patel, Raj. Stuffed and starved: Markets, power and the hidden battle for the world's food system.
HarperCollins, 2008, 438 pages

Paul, Helena, Ricarda Steinbrecher, Lucy Michaels and Devlin Kuyek. Hungry corporations: How transnational biotech companies colonise the food chain.
Zed Books, 2003, 242 pages

Pearce, Fred. When the rivers run dry: Water, the defining crisis of the twenty-first century.
Beacon Press, 2006, 324 pages

Pence, Gregory E. The ethics of food: A reader for the twenty-first century.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2002, 287 pages

Petrini, Carlo, Clara Furlan and Jonathan Hunt. Slow food nation: Why our food should be good, clean, and fair.
Rizzoli International Publications Inc, 2007, 262 pages

Pollan, Michael. In defense of food: An eater's manifesto.
Penguin Group, 2008, 244 pages

Pollan, Michael. The omnivore's dilemma: A natural history of four meals.
Thorndike Press, 2006, 711 pages

Pringle, Peter. Food, Inc: Mendel to Monsanto – the promises and perils of the biotech harvest.
Simon & Schuster, 2003, 239 pages

Roberts, Paul. The end of food.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008, 390 pages

Roberts, Wayne, Roderick John MacRae and Lori Stahlbrand. Real food for a change: Bringing nature, joy and justice to the table.
Random House of Canada, 1999,243 pages

Russell, Alan and John Vogler. The international politics of biotechnology: Investigating global futures.
Manchester University Press, 2000, 259 pages

Sánchez, Pedro A., Nalan Yuksel, Philip Dobie, and M. S. Swaminathan, Halving hunger: It can be done
Earthscan, 2005, 245 pages

Schlosser, Eric. Fast food nation: The dark side of the all-American meal.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001, 356 pages

Scoones, Ian. Science, agriculture and the politics of policy: The case of biotechnology in India.
Orient Blackswan, 2006, 417 pages

Shiva, Vandana. Manifestos on the future of food & seed.
South End Press, 2007, 145 pages

Shiva, Vandana. Stolen harvest: The hijacking of the global food supply.
South End Press, 2000.

Singer, Peter and Jim Mason. The way we eat: Why our food choices matter.
Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006, 328 pages

Smith, Alisa and James MacKinnon. The 100-Mile diet: A year of local eating.
Random House Canada, 2007, 272 pages

Tudge, Colin. So shall we reap: What's gone wrong with the world's food – and how to fix it.
Penguin, 2004, 451 pages

Uvin, Peter. The international organization of hunger.
Kegan Paul International, 1994, 334 pages

Wambugu, Florence. Modifying Africa: How biotechnology can benefit the poor and hungry, a case study from Kenya.
Florence M. Wambugu, 2005, 79 pages

Watson, James L. and Melissa L. Caldwell. The cultural politics of food and eating: A reader.
Blackwell Publishing, 2005, 320 pages

Wiebe, Keith, Nicole Ballenger, Keith Daniel Wiebe, and Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Who will be fed in the 21st century?
International Food Policy Research Institute with the Economic Research Service, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, American Agricultural Economics Association, 2001, 102 pages

Wright, Wynn and Gerad Middendorf. The fight over food: Producers, consumers, and activists challenge the global food system.
Penn State Press, 2007, 301 pages