Sept Book: Stuffed and Starved

Stuffed and Starved: What lies behind the hidden battle for the world's food system
By Raj Patel.

About the Book

Why is there still global hunger?
Is there an obesity epidemic?
Who invented supermarkets?
Who profits from the world's crops?

Stuffed and Starved is a searing and incisive examination of the modern global food system, which gives rise to the very incongruity that the book's name suggests. By tracing the entire route of food production, author Raj Patel asks readers to think about the way food comes to the table, to understand the larger implications of supermarket shopping, and to recognize how we ourselves are poisoned by our choices.

From the epidemic of farmer suicides in rural India, South Korea, and the United States, to the negotiation of trade alliances through bodies like the WTO and the World Bank, Patel tells a story of greed, power, and corporatization of our food system. Written over three years, with travel ranging from India to South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea and Italy, Patel describes his journey as painful, but one that ends in hope.

About the Author
Raj Patel was educated at Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University. He is currently a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy in Oakland, California, a visiting researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and a visiting scholar at the Center for African Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked for the World Bank, interned at the WTO, consulted for the UN and been involved in international campaigns against his former employers. This is his first book. For more information, visit



From the Author's site

Raj Patel on Wikipedia

The Hindu Review

Guardian Review

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  • Kp S.

    Any gist of the arguments presented,a small note on the denouement,however inconclusive,will be a good take away on this sensitive points....1.exports of grains,food is also export of 'virtual' water..meaning when we make a kg of rice/wheat we've to add the quantity of water which has gone into its making....2.1/3rd of food's wasted in the world...all that wasted food could've fed rest of starving millions many times over....3.there's a campaign in west to eat 'ugly' looking food,because we tend to buy 'perfect' looking specimens of what we eat,the apples,bananas & anything with the perfect size & colour,any imperfection is rejected,hence a campaign's on NOT to reject any fruit/vegetable just because it isn't the right size,colour,as long it is not contaminated/spoilt etc
    Cheers & regards
    KP Suresh

    September 20, 2013

  • Melanie

    Good but could have been better with a larger attendance.

    September 18, 2013

  • arvind b.

    Thank you people for coming, It was a great discussion with people expressing quite different points of view.
    It is this diversity in opinion that provides different perspectives.
    I hope others found it useful as well. I am looking for book recommendations for next meetups. Please send me a message if you have any suggestions.

    Thank you,

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • Melanie

    Feel I should be there since I suggested the book. Look forward to meeting and hearing all of you.

    September 18, 2013

  • arvind b.


    We meet tomorrow at Costa Coffee Indira nagar , 7 pm. Please be on time. If there are any issues, please feel free to call me at Eight Eight Six One Two Zero One Three Eight One.
    This book has opened a whole different aspect about our food ecosystem that i was not even aware of. I hope you too are finding it informative. I am looking forward to an active discussion, especially listening to your key take-aways from the book. See you all there!

    September 17, 2013

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