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There is more sugar in the world's diet than ever before, but life is far from sweet for the exploited producers making nature's 'white gold' and the unhealthy consumers eating it.

Why has the billion-dollar sugar trade created such inequities? In this insightful analysis, Ben Richardson argues that the most compelling answers to this question can be found in the dynamics of global capitalism. Led by multinational companies, the mass consumption of sweetened snacks has taken hold in the Global South and underpinned a new wave of foreign investment in sugar production. The expansion of large-scale and highly-industrialised farms across Latin America, Asia and Africa has kept the price of sugar down whilst pushing workers out of jobs and rural dwellers off the land. However, challenges to these practices are gathering momentum. Health advocates warning against costly diseases like diabetes, trade unions fighting for better pay, and local residents campaigning for a cleaner environment are all re-shaping the way sugar is consumed and produced. But to truly transform sugar, Richardson contends, these political activities must also address the profit-driven nature of food and farming itself.

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Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745680156
ISBN10
0745680151
Publication Dates ROW:
Sep 2015
Publication Dates US:
Oct 2015
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Sep 2015



Format
211 x 153 mm
8.30 x 6.00 in
Pages
232 pages
E-book
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Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9781509501533
ISBN10
1509501533
Publication Dates ROW:
Oct 2015
Publication Dates US:
Oct 2015
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Oct 2015


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
232 pages
Wiley E-Text
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Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9781509501540
ISBN10
1509501541
Publication Dates ROW:
Dec 2015
Publication Dates US:
Dec 2015
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Dec 2015


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
232 pages

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Reviews

This is a fascinating interdisciplinary book and it covers much ground very well. It is well referenced and has a useful further reading section. I would recommend it for anyone interested in the good, the bad and the ugly of our globalized food system.
International Affairs

"This is a fascinating interdisciplinary book and it covers much ground very well. It is well referenced and has a useful further reading section. I would recommend it for anyone interested in the good, the bad and the ugly of our globalized food system."
Tim Benton, UK s Global Food Security Programme and University of Leeds, UK

"Ben Richardson s Sugar is an intriguing survey of all things sugar, including consumption and foodways, the means of production, and how governments deal with their sugar industries and conduct their sugar-related international trade relations. True to his mission of providing a Marxist perspective, Richardson concludes by advocating for reform from below. Sugar draws on the scholarship of many sugar experts and will be a valuable resource for journalists and others researching sugar issues."
Elizabeth Abbott, Author, Sugar: A Bittersweet History

"Sugar has shaped our history and our politics; it affects our health, and influences the livelihoods of millions. Sugar is a lens on a fast-changing, globalised world, where the politics of agrarian change, international commerce, workers rights and human health must be examined together. This is a fascinating book that both informs and challenges. Anyone interested in global politics, agriculture, business and social change and justice should read it."
Ian Scoones, University of Sussex

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

1. Introduction

2. Growing Markets, Growing Waistlines

3. Terminal Trade Dependency

4. Exploiting and Expelling Labour

5. Expanding and Exhausting Land

6. A Sweeter Deal for All?

Selected Readings

Notes

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Author Information

Ben Richardson is Associate Professor in International Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick.

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