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May Book Club Preview

April 1, 2010

On May 3, we will be discussing Vandana Shiva’s Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply.  This non-fiction account of the globalization of agriculture is a sobering, educational read.

The book, more a collection of essays, explores the changes from local, individual farming with almost no negative environmental impact to agribusiness in India. Shiva is often called an “eco-feminist” and Shiva does pay lip service to some women’s protests against the commercialization of farming. Many people in India have lost control of their own means of food production while Western corporations are given free reign to farm, fish, or take almost anything they want. With cooking and food prep considered a woman’s domain, this book explains an important connection between the feminization of poverty and the globalization of farming.

Please join us on May 3 when we will open up a thread for discussion of Shiva’s book.

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