Book Review: Hungry For Change – Farmers, Food Justice and the Agrarian Question by A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi,
At the moment, I’m completely convinced that God even orders my reading list for me! As a Christian Food Activist, that shouldn’t be surprising, but His wonders never cease and they never get old or boring. I found this at Nalis Sangre Grande, which is the National Library and Information Service – aka the Trinidadian Public Library, Sangre Grande Branch.
Even if you don’t yet consider yourself a change maker or a Christian Food Activist, this book will resonate with you one way or another, because, bottom line: you eat food. It will explain some things that you may have thought strange, even some things you may have come to accept as normal but still know in your heart just aren’t right.
Akram-Lodhi presents the complex global food system in a very palatable way (pun intended). He breaks it down to components that involve pretty much every stratum of the world’s society by personalizing each. He presents profiles of real human beings, largely enduring circumstances that they, like you, have come to accept as normal, but have no way of explaining in any way that makes what their going through appear to be just.
People with names and struggles and families to feed. His descriptions are skillful. I could picture each and every one in my mind, and my heart wept for them all. Indeed, my heart weeps for all of us. We are all in this system one way or another, and the system is indeed badly broken.
If You Eat, Buy This Book!
You can get Hungry for Change on Amazon.com for around US$27.00. This is definitely a volume for your library. You will reference it from time to time while the system endures. Perhaps in 5-10 years, it will be fascinating to look back on how things were after we bring the change!
Reading this book inspired me to create this video. The video is not a synopsis of the book, but it will awaken and inform you. Check it out!