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Also worth reading on Land

November 1979

Land and power in South America by Sven Lindqvist. Published by Pelican 1979. £2.251$5.95. This is a good mixture of journalistic reporting and sharp analysis of the politics of land distribution in South America. By travelling round the continent and interviewing both peasants and landlords he gives life and atmosphere to what can be a very complex subject.

Seeds of the Earth by P.R. Mooney. Published by Inter Pares (Ottawa), 1979 and available from the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, 75 Sparks Street, Ottawa, KIP 5A5, for $10 - or from the International Coalition for Development Action, Bedford Chambers, Covent Garden, London WC2, for £5. This is the book of which we give our summary on p.18. A carefully written review of the state of knowledge on seed production that is also easy to read. Highly recommended.

Feeding the Few, Corporate Control of Food by Susan George. Published by the Institute for Policy Studies, 1901 Que Street, N.W., Washington D.C. 20009, The latest book by the author of ‘How the other Half Dies’ that traces, with many examples, the increasing control by multinationals over food supplies (see TWP ad. p.6).

World Hunger, Ten Myths, by Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins, published by the Institute for Food and Development Policy, 2588 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94110. 1979. $2.25 + 30p postage. Also available from TWP, see ad. on page 6. A 68 page booklet that responds crisply, quoting chapter and verse, to some of the major myths that surround food production. An invaluable summary of the important arguments by the authors of ‘Food First’,

Land for People by Claire Whittemore produced by Oxfam Public Affairs Unit, 274 Banbury Road, Oxford 0X2 7DZ. 1979. A thirty­five page booklet prepared for the World Conference on Agrarian Reform. It gives a good snapshot picture of land use around the world with the added interest of examples of Oxfam’s own experience.

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