The Great Climate Robbery

The Great Climate Robbery

How the Food System Drives Climate Change and What We Can Do About It

By GRAIN, Edited by Henk Hobbelink



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The Great Climate Robbery connects analysis of the food system to larger issues affecting the planet, and link peoples’ struggles over food to climate change. This book will help readers to understand the ways in which corporations control the food system and provide the analysis needed to challenge this control.


“Food, land and seeds: protecting them is as essential to climate justice as rooftop solar, wind co-ops, or democratic public transit. This book lifts up the voices of indigenous and peasant farmers around the world, comprehensively explaining why their fight to stop the industrial food juggernaut is the same as the fight for a habitable, just planet.”

– Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

“Climate crisis, toxic industrial agriculture and dirty energy: this publication shows the links are not incidental but orchestrated by a warped system that must be straightened out.”

– Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, author of To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa

“The time has come to change the system, not the climate. Our farmers and indigenous peoples can cool the planet!”

– Edgardo Garcia, International Coordinating Committee, Via Campesina


Part One Food and climate change: the forgotten link
1.1 How the industrial food system contributes to the climate crisis
1.2 Food sovereignty: five steps to cool the climate and feed its people
1.3 The Exxons of agriculture
1.4 How REDD+ projects undermine peasant farming and real solutions to climate change
1.5 Trade deals boosting climate change: the climate factor
Part Two Hungry for land
2.1 The solution to climate change is in our lands
2.2 Family farm stories are not the fairy tales we’re being told
2.3 Hungry for land: small farmers feed the world with less than one-quarter of all farm land
2.4 Squeezing Africa dry: behind every land grab is a water grab
2.5 Asia’s agrarian reform in reverse: laws taking land out of small farmers’ hands
2.6 The land grabbers of the Nacala Corridor
2.7 Socially responsible farmland investment: a growing trap
Part Three The struggle for seeds
3.1 Seed laws that criminalize farmers
3.2 Trade deals and farmers’ seeds
3.3 GMOs: Feeding or fooling the world?
3.4 Yvapuruvu Declaration: seed laws – resisting dispossession
Part Four Controlling the food system
4.1 Corporations replace peasants in China’s new food security agenda
4.2 Defending people’s milk in India
4.3 Food sovereignty for sale: supermarkets and dwindling people’s power over food and farming in Asia
4.4 How does the Gates Foundation spend its money to feed the world?
4.5 Planet palm oil: peasants pay the price for cheap vegetable oil
4.6 Free trade and Mexico’s junk food epidemic