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Book Review: Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal

Book Review: Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal 336 Organization & Environment 24(3) Magdoff, F. and Tokar, B. (Eds.). (2010). Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal. New York, NY: Monthly Review Press. Reviewed by: Josh Brem-Wilson University of Bradford, UK DOI: 10.1177/1086026611422048 The effects of the global food price crisis are still reverberating. Governance bodies such as the United Nation’s Committee on World Food Security—reformed as part of a postcrisis institu- tional stock-taking—debate the dynamics of food systems and their actors with a renewed vigor. Meanwhile, diverse actors—states, financial investors, and so on—continue to pursue invest- ments in both land and agricultural commodities, either to secure domestic food supply or hedge against the volatility of traditional investments. And finally, in the mainstream press, increasing amounts of column inches are given over to food-related stories, some papers even constituting special “food security” sections, reflecting an increased awareness of the importance of the com- plex cluster of issues related to food provisioning in the 21st century. This, then, is the context for the release of Fred Magdoff and Brian Tokar’s 2010 edited volume Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal, a context characterized by both crisis and also—as it has now become almost clichéd http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Organization & Environment SAGE

Book Review: Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal

Organization & Environment , Volume 24 (3): 3 – Sep 1, 2011

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336 Organization & Environment 24(3) Magdoff, F. and Tokar, B. (Eds.). (2010). Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal. New York, NY: Monthly Review Press. Reviewed by: Josh Brem-Wilson University of Bradford, UK DOI: 10.1177/1086026611422048 The effects of the global food price crisis are still reverberating. Governance bodies such as the United Nation’s Committee on World Food Security—reformed as part of a postcrisis institu- tional stock-taking—debate the dynamics of food systems and their actors with a renewed vigor. Meanwhile, diverse actors—states, financial investors, and so on—continue to pursue invest- ments in both land and agricultural commodities, either to secure domestic food supply or hedge against the volatility of traditional investments. And finally, in the mainstream press, increasing amounts of column inches are given over to food-related stories, some papers even constituting special “food security” sections, reflecting an increased awareness of the importance of the com- plex cluster of issues related to food provisioning in the 21st century. This, then, is the context for the release of Fred Magdoff and Brian Tokar’s 2010 edited volume Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal, a context characterized by both crisis and also—as it has now become almost clichéd

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