Ill Fares the Land

Essays on Food, Hunger and Power
10 June 1985

Foreword by Robert L. Borosage

The essays collected in this volume expand on one of the major themes of Susan George's work: the role of power in perpetuating hunger. The causes of poverty and hunger are not to be found primarily among the poor and the hungry but rather in their relationships with the powerful - locally, nationally and internationally. Just as poverty lies behind hunger, so injustice and inequality - within and between nations - lie behind poverty. These twelve essays expand that analysis: some deal directtly with food systems, hunger or famine; others ask who determines our assumptions and knowledge about poverty and hunger. All are concerned with the means by which some groups gain ascendancy over others. Whether she deals with biotechnology or the "transfer" of technology, with development research or the ideal university, Susan George demonstrates with characteristic commitment and conviction that the rich and powerful who control the world food system control technology and ideology, scholarship and culture as well. This dangerous hegemony is absolutely central to the horrors of hunger.


Susan George's clear and compelling analysis again demonstrates why she has become one of the world's most forceful and esteemed critics of development models that generate the very hunger they claim to be alieviating - Frances Moore Lapré No author better expresses that sense of indignation that we should all feel, at the manner in which the industrialized countries, the international agencies, the multinational corporations and the elites have plundered the resources of the peasantry of the poor in the non-industrialized countries. This book should be required reading for all scholars of development, and politicians both in the north and south - Dr. Michael Latham, Cornell University Susan George, in her most important book to date, analyzes the disturbing reality of deepening world poverty - Laurence R. Simon, Oxfam America In "Ill Fares the Land", Susan George strips away the illusion that there is anything natural about hunger in the 20th century. Her engaging, eloquent and angry prose exposes the links between the social and economic system we've created and the hunger [it] creates - Jack Clark, World Hunger Year