Addressing #hunger, #debt, #trade and #finance – a lifetime’s work for Susan George

Susan George has been an indefatigable campaigner for a fairer world all her life. Her first book ‘How the Other Half Dies – the real reasons for world hunger’ published in the mid 1970s was hugely influential on a whole generation, including me. In this interview she discusses her lifetime’s work, starting with food and moving on into debt, international institutions like the World Bank, trade and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and finance. Power and the need to address how the global powerful class acts has been central to her work if we are to address inequality. She reflects on this and the future and recommends still to study the rich and powerful, not the poor and powerless.

0- 6′ 55″ Hunger

6′ 55″ – 8’50” Debt

8′ 50″ – 9′ 56″ Washington Consensus & World Bank

9′ 56″ – 11′ 39″ Trade, food and hunger, from NAFTA to TTIP

11′ 39 – 16′ 37″ Looking ahead, recognise enemies, Panama papers

16′ 37″ – 19′ 29″ Class perspective and advice

19′ 29″ – 21′ 27″ TTIP, impact on food system & agro-ecology

21′ 27 – 23′ 20″ Changing geopolitics

23′ 20″ – 26′ 30″ Finance, inequality and concerns for future

26′ 30 – 28′ 08″ (end) Hopeful vision

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About geofftansey

I curate the Food Systems Academy, a free, on-line, open education resource to transform our food systems. I am also a member of the Food Ethics Council and chaired the Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty, which reported in 2015.
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