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Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups Hardcover – Apr 21 2017

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (April 21 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262036088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262036085
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #539,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you don't understand why anti-hunger groups hardly ever advocate for higher wages or public health nutrition measures for low-income Americans, see Andy Fisher's analysis: they owe too much to their food-company donors. Big Hunger is a call to action, one well worth heeding.

Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University; author of Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)

In this groundbreaking work, Andy Fisher details America's approach to rising hunger, and lays bare a modern Orwellian irony: The big food companies whose labor practices have spurred hunger now receive credit―tax, media, and otherwise―for supporting charities to address it. It's an invaluable read.

Tracie McMillan, author of the New York Times Best Seller The American Way of Eating

Big Hunger is arguably the most important book on the American food scene in a decade. A decade ago, the food scene was rocked by The Omnivore's Dilemma. Now we must face a Charitable Dilemma.

Wayne Roberts, author of The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food

Andy Fisher charts how the good intention to end poverty has metastasized into an industry that keeps 50 million Americans hungry. No one is spared in this searing analysis, from corporations to foundations to food banks. If hunger is to be ended in America, the unholy coalitions that currently frustrate, ignore, and try to contain attempts for radical change will need to be blown apart. Big Hunger is a book to burst that bubble.

Raj Patel, Research Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

If you are an anti-hunger activist, you should read Big Hunger. It may make you mad, and it will definitely make you think. Hopefully, it will catalyze some long overdue and much needed conversations among various wings of the food movement.

Jan Poppendieck, Senior Fellow, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute; Professor Emerita of Sociology, Hunter College

About the Author

Andrew Fisher has worked in the anti-hunger field for twenty-five years, as the executive director of national and local food groups, and as a researcher, organizer, policy advocate, and coalition builder. He has led successful efforts to gain passage of multiple pieces of federal food and nutrition legislation.

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5.0 out of 5 starsA deep dive into a conversation waiting to happen
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5.0 out of 5 starsA fascinating call to action
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