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The Everyday Wars on World Agri-cultures

The Agricultural Dilemma: How Not to Feed the World by Glenn Davis Stone, Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2022; pp 232, price not mentioned (UK Edition) (hardback).

Our real dilemma is how to unthink (emphasis mine) the entrenched belief that we will starve without new tricks from scientists and input industries when in reality we have been locked on a treadmill of subsidized over-production for over the last century. When agriculture is industrialised—driven by those input industries and the perennial support and subsidy they need from the public purse—it grows inexorably at the expense of our economy, environment, and health. (p xiv)

Finally, the lid on the dominant narrative that considers non-modern/industrial agriculture to be inadequate and inefficient, which raises the
spectre of burgeoning population and impending food shortages as inevitable has been blown. Glenn Davis Stone draws on anthropology and science and technology studies (STS) to present a book that unpacks the myths of the science and technology establishment, the agribusiness industries and corporates, and conniving governments have deployed to promote and make industrial agriculture or, more recently, industrial chemical agriculture (ICA) the hegemonic form of agriculture across the world. As he rightly points out, it is now urgent that these myths by which industrial agriculture is promoted be challenged especially by “unthinking” their foundational premises and ideas.

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Updated On : 5th Feb, 2023
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