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Food for Thought: Towards a Future for Farming


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The French radical farmers union Confédération Paysanne, with its charismatic leader José Bové, has led the world in demonstrating the possibility of a socially progressive future for farming. Rejecting the increasing intensification and industrialisation of agriculture, the Confédération has argued for the need for local food production by small, independent farmers - both for the sake of the quality of the food we consume and to support the kind of societies we want to live in.Originally published in French, Food for Thought has been expanded and adapted for an English-speaking audience. Patrick Herman and Richard Kuper demonstrate how the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy and now the WTOs Agreement on Agriculture are both designed to encourage an increasingly free-market, profit-maximising, destructive agriculture. The majority of farmers have lost out and continue to lose. Agribusiness thrives at their expense. The consequences are dire in terms of social and environmental costs in the industrialised world, and devastating for developing countries, whose ability to feed themselves is being destroyed along with a massive proportion of their small farmers.There are alternatives: to outlaw dumping of food on world markets effectively, to control the amounts of food produced, to share its production fairly among regions and countries, to encourage rather than to outlaw the use of import controls. There are farmers and other radical organisations struggling in support of these aims worldwide. They are at the forefront of the struggle against free market globalisation. They hold out the possibility of a radical, human-centred way of producing our food and organising our society.


A manifesto for change in agriculture produced by the radical French farmers union, Confederation Paysanne.


Thoroughly revised and updated edition of this comprehensive survey of resource depletion.

About the Author

Patrick Herman, a long-time member of the Confédération Paysanne and a full-time farmer, is a trade-union activist in the department of the Aveyron. He was responsible for editing the original French edition of this book.Richard Kuper has been a publisher, university lecturer and trade-union and political activist. He spent much of the last four years farming in France in the department of the Drôme where he was a member of the Confédération. He is now politically active back in Britain.José Bové is a global leader of movements to save family farms. He is also a leader of the international farmers' movement Via Campesina.

Table of Contents

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List of abbreviations

Translator's note

Foreword by JosT BovT


1 The industrialisation of farming

1962: the birth of productivism

Exporting and free trade

From stockpiling to commercial war

The logic of free trade

Europe's export vocation

2 Reforming the CAP

1992: the topsy-turvy CAP

The Marrakech shambles

1999: From Berlin to Seattle

Headlong to disaster!

3 French agricultural trade unionism: the long march of the ConfTdTration Paysanne

The FNSEA (the National Federation of Far

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Herman, Patrick
Pluto Press (UK)
Kuper, Richard
Environmental Science
Agriculture and state
Produce trade
Industries - General
Industries - Agribusiness
Agriculture - General
Produce trade - Government policy - France
Business - General
Environmental Conservation & Protection
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