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Is Capitalism a Barrier to Food Justice? Author Eric Holt-Giménez interviewed by Civil Eats

Eric Holt-Giménez

A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat
280 pp, $25 pbk, ISBN 978-1-58367-659-2
By Eric Holt-Giménez

Interview by Claire Luchette

“No consumer, farmer, or activist participates in the food system without also participating in capitalism. To Eric Holt-Giménez, the director of Food First, this is a basic truth that’s too often overlooked in the struggle to change our broken food system. In his new book, A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism, Holt-Giménez delineates the basic truths of capitalism and how they are connected to the history of our food system. Part history book, part practical guide, the book links many of the injustices associated with food to other inequities, arguing that capitalism fuels and is fueled by oppression. If we better understand ‘the rudiments of how capitalism operates,’ he explains, ‘we can better grasp why our food system is the way it is, and how we can change it.’”

Read the interview at Civil Eats


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