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Book Title: Sick Planet: Corporate Food and Medicine|
The author of the book: Stan Cox
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 995 KB
Edition: Pluto Press
Date of issue: May 20th 2008
ISBN 13: 9780745327402
Read full description of the books Sick Planet: Corporate Food and Medicine:Neoliberals often point to improvements in public health and nutrition as examples of globalisation's success, but this book argues that the corporate food and medicine industries are destroying environments and ruining living conditions across the world.
Scientist Stan Cox expertly draws out the strong link between Western big business and environmental destruction. This is a shocking account of the huge damage that drug manufacturers and large food corporations are inflicting on the health of people and crops worldwide. Companies discussed include Wal-Mart, GlaxoSmithKline, Tyson Foods and Monsanto. On issues ranging from the poisoning of water supplies in South Asia to natural gas depletion and how it threatens global food supplies, Cox shows how the demand for profits is always put above the public interest.
While individual efforts to "shop for a better world" and conserve energy are laudable, Cox explains that they need to be accompanied by an economic system that is grounded in ecological sustainability if we are to find a cure for our Sick Planet.
Read information about the authorStan Cox is author of Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (The New Press, 2010) and Sick Planet (Pluto Press, 2008).
His op-ed columns have appeared in the Denver Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Jose Mercury-News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hartford Courant, Providence Journal, Wilmington News Journal, Burlington Free Press, and the Progressive Populist. In addition, they have been in scores of smaller papers in 26 states.
Since 2003, he has written regularly for AlterNet.org and CounterPunch.org. Many of those articles have been reprinted by papers such as the Chicago Sun-Times, the Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Alternative, Fort Worth Weekly, Illinois Times, Albany, NY Metroland, and other papers. They have also been published by the journal Capitalism Nature Socialism, the Green journal Synthesis/Regeneration, the Indian national publications The Hindu and The Week, and the expatriate monthly Inside Mexico.
He contributed a chapter (and photos of his front yard) to Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Yard (Metropolis Books, 2008 and 2010)
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