In his new book, Associate Professor of Sociology Bill Winders examines the geopolitics of grains.
Grains - particularly maize, rice, and wheat - are the central component of most people’s diets, but we rarely stop to think about the wider role they play in national and international policy-making, as well as global issues like food security, biotechnology, and even climate change. In his new book Grains, Associate Professor of Sociology Bill Winders addresses these issues.
In this timely book, Dr. Winders unravels the complex story of feed and food grains in the global economy. Highlighting the importance of corporate control and divisions between grains - such as who grows them, and who consumes them - he shows how grains do not represent a unitary political and economic force. Winders' addresses the importance of grains and the political conflicts and economic processes that underlie their dominance in the world's diet. Whilst the differences between grains may seem small, they can lead to competing economic interests and policy preferences with serious and, on occasions, violent geopolitical consequences.