Food Bank Nations

Poverty, Corporate Charity and the Right to Food

"This is a shocking book. Shocking in its contents; shocking in that it is needed now, more than ever; and shocking to me. I have worked on food, poverty, and policy response for nearly 40 years, yet so much here comes as new or into the sharpest possible focus.

Food Bank Nations is a passionately argued and evidenced polemic against the neoliberal capture of charitable response to local experiences of poverty, manifested as people ‘going hungry’, in some of the richest nations on earth. Graham Riches takes on the corporate invasion and capture of what is often portrayed as ordinary people - ‘good hearted folks’ - trying to help out their neighbours who aren’t able to feed themselves adequately by giving them food." - From the Foreword,Elizabeth Dowler, Emeritus Professor Food and Social Policy, University of Warwick, UK

"Against a backdrop of increasing food insecurity in OECD countries, Riches' examination of food banking reveals the extent to which ‘Big Food’ and privatized food charity have well and truly moved into the spaces left by retreating neoliberal governments. Beyond the food drives, celebrity endorsement, smiling volunteers and government legislated tax incentives, this book documents the juggernaut that is global food banking. Despite being a thorn in the side of many ‘primary duty bearers’, rights-based approaches to food offer promise as an effective counterweight to slow the progress of the foodbank juggernaut and reclaim public policy." - Dr. Sue Booth, Flinders University, Australia

"Graham Riches’ in-depth analysis of the way food banking has entrenched itself in the neoliberal agenda and public discourse calls for a change in ‘the conversation about domestic hunger from corporate charity to the right to food’. This book makes a significant contribution to this new conversation, arguing that civil society across OECD countries can and should hold the ‘indifferent States’ to account for their failure to ensure dignified access to good food for all when they so clearly have both the means and the duty to do so." - Pete Ritchie, Nourish Scotland, UK

"Can’t we do better than food banks? Graham Riches moves the needle from charity to the human right to adequate food and nutrition. He describes how capital-soaked transnational corporations monopolize public policy, blame poverty on the poor, and endorse themselves as the publically-subsidized solution. Riches’ alternative vision, rooted in social solidarity examples, rebuilds the social contract between civil society and its governments through democratically evolved plans, transparent monitoring, and the active participation and leadership of policies’ most affected publics." - Anne C Bellows, Professor Food Studies, Syracuse University, USA, and Board Member, FIAN International.

"Graham Riches's book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand why problems of hunger and food insecurity are unabated in countries where food banks become established as the primary response." - Valerie Tarasuk, University of Toronto, Canada

"Graham Riches serves us all well with this analysis of modern food poverty. This book reminds us how the slow erosion of notions of welfare and decency, under the neo-liberal assault since the late 1970s, has created a world - even in rich countries - where charity and crumbs from the table now replace food justice. We should all read, consider, and then start planning how to win a better food system again." - Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City, University of London, UK

"Food Bank Nations" is an up-to-date and important book for anyone dealing with issues of poverty, social exclusion and the transformation of welfare systems in rich industrial societies. A particular strength of the book is that it uses the Food Banks to trace the transnational developments of recent decades. It shows how volunteers, sponsors and government support continue to promote charitable food aid, which is mainly associated with the name "Food Banks" or "Tables" in Germany." - Dr. Stephan Lorenz, Prof. at the Jena Institute of Sociology, Friedrich-Schiller University, Germany 

Graham Riches is Emeritus Professor and former Director of the School of Social Work, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. As author and co-editor he has published widely on rich world domestic hunger, social policy and the right to food including Food Banks and the Welfare Crisis (1985); First World Hunger (1997) and First World Hunger Revisited (2014).
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 204
Erscheinungsdatum 20.04.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-138-73975-8
Reihe Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment
Verlag Taylor & Francis Ltd
Maße (L/B/H) 23,3/15,6/2,2 cm
Gewicht 351 g
Abbildungen 2 Line drawings, black and white 11 Tables, black and white 13 Illustrations, black and white
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