Edited by Richard Jonasse, Food First Books 2009
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Contributors include Miguel Altieri and Elizabeth Bravo, Eric Holt-Giménez and Isabella Kenfield, Annie Shattuck, Richard Jonasse, Gretchen Gordon and Jessica Aguirre, Maria Luisa Mendonca, Laura Hurtado, Rachel Smolker and Brian Tokar.
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In the Global South, the rural poor and indigenous populations are losing their access to land, and with it, the ability to feed themselves. The result is poverty and dislocation throughout rural Latin America. On top of this comes rising food prices due to the diversion of agricultural resources to fuel crops. The only recourse for the rural poor lies in chasing the relatively few tenuous, seasonal jobs that the agrofuels industry provides. The agrofuels trade thus places poor laborers at the bottom of an export-oriented value chain from which they cannot escape.