Graham Riches: food bank nations

Routledge, Oxon, UK: 2018. ISBN 978-1-138-73973-4
  • Robert HerdtEmail author
Book Review
The argument made by Riches in this book is clearly stated:

“While recognizing the moral imperative to feed hungry people, this book challenges the effectiveness, sustainability and moral legitimacy of globally entrenched corporate food banking as the primary response to rich world food poverty. It investigates the prevalence and causes of domestic hunger and food waste in OECD member states, the origin and thirty-year rise of US style charitable food banking, and its institutionalization and corporatization. It unmasks the hidden function of transnational corporate food banking which constructs domestic hunger as a matter for charity thereby allowing indifferent and austerity-minded governments to ignore increasing poverty and food insecurity and their moral, legal and political obligations, under international law, to realize the right to food.” (Taken from the flyleaf).

In her foreword, Elizabeth Dowler says the book is “a passionately argued and evidenced polemic against the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Agricultural and Applied Economics and International AgricultureCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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