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"Worth checking out … Based on the author's personalvisits to farmers around the world, Bjerga explains how the crisishappened (short answer: greed), it’s tragic effects, and whatnow has to be done to reverse them."
— The Atlantic
"Some of Bjerga’s best writing is about the inner workingsof the Chicago Board of Trade and other markets, and when he bringsAmerican agricultural history into the story of what othercountries have not had and do not have to encourage stableagricultural development. … Bjerga’s skill is in theway he forces the reader to make connections between aspects ofagriculture that do not normally appear together. And the book ischock full of unusual observations."
“My Thanksgiving holiday book discovery will becomeChristmas season reading. ... Lest you think this is just anotherrant at financial and trading institutions, be aware that Bjerga isa veteran commodities writer and Washington correspondent."
— Lee Egerstrom in Hindsight: The Minnesota 2020Blog
The international food crisisparticularly the availabilityand affordability of food productshas become one of the mostpressing challenges of our time, and is being talked abouteverywhere from college campuses to emergency UN meetings. WhileAmerican farms are more prosperous today than ever before, the samecannot be said for those in other parts of the world. Since 2007,farm-product prices have risen at ridiculous rates, leading toincreasing hunger, malnutrition, and social and political upheavalaround the world.??Endless Appetites: How the Commodities CasinoCreates Hunger and Unrest explores how crop marketsfirstestablished in the 1800s to help stabilize agricultural commoditypricesare increasingly acting like an investors' casino, withprices absorbed by rich nations taking food from the mouths of poorones.
Drawing on his experiences visiting farms and talking withfarmers around the worldin Ethiopia, Kenya, Thailand, andNicaraguaas well as in the United States, acclaimedjournalist Alan Bjerga examines the growing international foodcrisis firsthand. Raised on a farm in the Midwest during the lastfood crisis, Bjerga has the personal and professional experience tounderstand the plight of individual families and make the kind ofintelligent, insightful suggestions for change that only an expertcan.
As grocery store prices continue to rise, it is clear thatsomething has to be done to stabilize food prices and close thehunger gap, not just at home, but around the world. Increases infood prices in 2011 set new records, and things are only going toget worse unless we act now. Endless Appetites takes the readerinside the commodities system at the center of the heartbreakingrise in worldwide hunger and considers how to solve the problem offood security for everyone.