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The deterioration of the food situation in the Third World and the capitalist system.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7239736     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Hunger and malnutrition are today associated with the capitalist system. The evidence points to a further deterioration of the food situation in the Third World in the foreseeable future, as a result of massive capital and technology transfers from the rich capitalist countries to the underdeveloped agricultures operated by trans-national concerns or private investors, with the active support of development assistance agencies such as the World Bank. Contrary to the superficial predictions of the World Bank, for example, poverty is bound to increase and the purchasing power of the masses must decline. Particular attention must be paid to the supply of staple foods and the proletariat. This is threatened by a variety of factors, attributable to the operation of the capitalist system. Among them are the senseless waste of Third World resources caused by the foreign investors' insatiable thirst for the quick repatriation of super-profits and the increasing orientation of Third World agricultures toward high-value or export crops (which are usually the same), an orientation which is imposed upon them by the industrial countries' agricultural development strategies. Even self-sufficiency programs for more staple foods, such as the ill-reputed Green Revolution, predictably cannot be of long duration.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of health services : planning, administration, evaluation     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0020-7314     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Health Serv     Publication Date:  1981  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-08-20     Completed Date:  1981-08-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1305035     Medline TA:  Int J Health Serv     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  247-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Developing Countries*
Food Supply / economics*
Nutrition Disorders
Socioeconomic Factors

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