Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 52

Poverty, Food, and the Environment

EPPGlobal poverty, the "fourth world" of slums, a never-ending food crisis, global land grabs and environmental devastation. These are perhaps the most important issues the world faces because they affect the greatest number of people on earth, and indeed, everyone. With half the world living in poverty, with 18 million poverty-related deaths per year (and growing), poverty is the primary moral issue of our time. One in every seven people on earth live in slums, and that's only increasing. Over 3 billion spend most of their income on food, and with food prices rising, they are being driven to hunger. Now we are stealing their land, pushing the 2.5 billion small-scale farmers off the land that provides them with life and a living, and into slums and cities. We deprive them of food, take their land, and destroy their environment. Increasingly, now, we are doing this to ourselves. The true environmental crisis in the world is poverty, it is our political, economic, and social system. The only way to address the issue of environmental destruction is to address the wider context in which it exists.

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  1. Thanks for another good episode, Andrew. I think your perspective is right on target.

    On the topic of listening to solutions from the indigenous peoples, I would recommend a book I read in the early 90’s, called Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World.


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