Refashioning Nature: Food, Ecology and Culture

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We live in a society as dominated by food as by sexual preference, as obsessed with eating too much as with eating too little. Food as the ultimate commodity in an economic system lies at the base of global development and interdependence; food, from cultivation to consumption, provides the chief link between humankind and the "natural" environment. Yet, technological advances - in genetics, agri-business and food processing - have combined with changing patterns of diet and (women's) employment to challenge our perception of the natural and of our position within a natural system. At this point of dislocation, global crisis and conscience have sharpened the ideological force of "Nature". "Refashioning Nature" analyzes the apparently opposed imperatives of political economy and sustainability. The authors argue that the present means of food production do not satisfy the demands of North and South, resulting rather in food shortages and surplus and environmental destruction. This book should be of interest to students and lecturers in environmental science/studies, geography, development, economics, sociology, agricultural science and cultural studies.

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David Goodman is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Michael Redclift is Reader in Rural Sociology at Wye College, University of London. He is the author of Sustainable Development and Development and the Environmental Crisis (Methuen/Routledge, 1987 and 1984, respectively).

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`David Goodman and Michael Redclift avoid simple cause-and-effect arguments in recounting this unsavoury tale of transformations in nature ... This is an ... impressive and depressing contribution to the political economy of food.' - New Statesman and Society

`Refashioning Nature ought to be eagerly read in a culture that is obsessed with food.' - Social History

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