Category - No 2

Behind the Boston Busing Crisis: An Analysis of the Political Forces Involved

This Autumn, the City of Boston began the massive busing of school children under a Federal Court order to end forced segregation. A continuing crisis has ensued punctuated by violent attacks on the Black citizens of Boston. This has included the repeated stoning of Black students being bussed and an armed terrorist...

Nutrition and Malnutrition

Rising food prices affect the poor disproportionately because they must spend a larger portion of their income on food than do higher-income families. Rising food prices also hurt the poor in another way: poor families in the United States are much more likely than higher-income families to have an inadequate diet...

Review: Eater’s Digest — The Consumer’s Factbook of Food Additives

The nineteen sixties meant, for many people, the birth of an understanding of our society which went beyond the conventional political attitudes to the perception of a pervasive pattern of injustice, greed and exploitation. Attempts to effect change on the basis of a moral appeal failed, leaving many of the...

Economics of Hunger

Two-thirds of the world's population is malnourished and many people are starving this year. It is commonly assumed that a country does not produce enough food only if it cannot. If it were possible, the food would obviously be raised. Three reasons are generally given for widespread hunger:  (a) A country's farmers...

Concentration of Power in the Food Business

Many people feel that the solution to our food problems is to put the Del Montes in moth balls and bring back the Mom and Pop stores and family farms. We think the problem is much deeper. Because the Golden Rule in our economy is Seek Profits, new Del Montes would eventually spring up to replace the old. But we would...

About This Issue

This issue continues previous discussions of two important topics: the economy and food production.

Weather: Calamities of Nature & Weather Modification as a Weapon of Imperialism

Weather is often used as a catch-all explanation by government and business to explain rising food prices. For example, last spring it was said that meat prices rose because of monsoons, floods, droughts, hurricanes... not a word about the profit rate of agribusiness or collusion of the government with big-time grain...