Radical Food Politics: Hunger is Political

Radical Food Politics: Hunger is Political

100 Replies to “Radical Food Politics: Hunger is Political

  1. Again, if a government cannot create circumstances for its people to survive, or provide for their basic needs in other ways, it loses it's legitimacy, it has failed at its primary purpose.

  2. loved, loved, loved this video!

    Inspired by the free breakfast programm and food not bombs, I've started something similar over here in Zurich of which I'm very fond of 🙂

    Having joined the worker's party in Switzerland recently and having an animal liberation background, I've started a monthly free-(vegan)-dinner hosted by the party. So far, it has been a success. It should serve as a space to gather and talk about (radical food-)politics, to get to know people and the party. To create a counter-culture.
    It's called komm&iss (come&eat) which should put communists/communism (which sounds fairly similar) in a more positive light.

  3. The comuptional technology avilable today is developed enough the plan agricultural production for the need of entire world population. So, can we please get rid of this piece of shit economic construct called market?
    Great video Mexie 💲🐸🐷🔫👧✌☭

  4. Your fundamental misunderstanding is seeing the market as a foreign obtrusive entity when it is a spontaneous, organic and natural entity. The dynamics of the market (like supply and demand) where not centrally planned, they rose naturally and are a natural part of life. It is beyond our current intellectual capacity to understand how the market works. Luckily the market has a solution for that which is different schools of thought competing to figure it out. But we have not come to consensus yet. The market can be manipulated to under-serve people and that is why free market people want free markets that take away the manipulations and distortions. Another reason free market people want free markets is because we dont understand markets enough to control it without creating distortions that leave economies vulnerable to black swan events.

    The market mirrors our values and your analysis of Food Not Bombs shows your pride in trying to arrogantly intellectualize what the market is or isnt. The market rose spontaneously from human beings and we do not understand the human condition or what our role is. Food Not Bombs is a free market solution to food distribution that aims to change our values. When Food Not Bombs gleans farms and gives it away, it shows that the produce gleaned is perfectly good which could lead to consumers demanding ¨less than perfect" produce being stocked on the shelves for cheaper. This is good for everyone because corporations can reduce waste and people can get cheaper food. All because Food Not Bombs made people realize that an apple with a knick in it, is still a good apple. Farms have no incentive to throw away these apples but if the store stocks them, people will view the produce department with disgust because our VALUES are that an apple with a knick in it is worth nothing. Capitalism is all about catering to the peoples wants. The market is just a synonym for PEOPLE and if the people change their values, then capitalists will cater to those values.

    The problem isn´t capitalism, the problem is people's values.

  5. I always enjoy book recommendations; can’t wait to check out A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism. I hadn’t heard of that book before. As always, excellent video!

  6. Food not bombs is da bomb! Ha I’m stupid…but they do do amazing work. Anyways, this was really informative, I found the freeganism info particularly interesting and ughh Monsanto is the absolute worst. Brilliant vid!

  7. Something interesting, you mentioned at about 2:45 that a whole bunch of corn and soy is produced just to feed cows rather than hungry people. I think it’d interest you to know that that’s not even something that they need for their nutrition or anything ( in fact it’s just the opposite, it’s horribly unhealthy for them ). No they feed them and other animals corn and soy to fatten them up so they have more meat on them once they get to the slaughterhouse. A company by the name of Tyson is especially guilty of this with their chicken.

  8. Dear Mexie

    Thank you very much for your hard work. I also am interested in political economy and am strongly opposed to capitalism.
    It is because of that that I wish to argue against capitalist apologists. And here is how such an apologist would reply to your argument:
    "It's true, we do produce more than enough to feed everybody and yes, that food is not equally distributed. However, it is precisely because it isn't equally distributed that we can produce a surplus. If we were to distribute equally and freely, the potential for profit would be lost and so would the incentive to produce so much."
    Needless to say, I vehemently disagree with the above quote, but I do not know how to sophisticatedly counter such a position. I was wondering, how would you reply to such a statement.



  9. Its the same with unemployment, its built into the system. They could hire everyone if they wanted but they need that pressure going for the employed people

  10. It was during half way through college that i realized that i wanted to become a farmer and grow my own food. But the fuck all burgieouse own all the arable land in existence so there goes that dream.

  11. I have a joke (stolen tho lol). Which of the following is the most different from the others?

    a) Communism
    b) capitalism
    d) a pizza


    But seriously it's a violence that we have to pay for food, good video !

  12. +Mexie I'm kind of unsure of the value in saving seed. I read that most farmers don't save seed because it's kind of a pain to clean and store them versus just buying new seed, among other reasons. Not sure if it's different for farmers in the countries you mentioned though.

  13. The trick is to starve off those pesky Kulaks who want to keep extra food. Or do a "great leap forward" plan and kill 50 million in a famine. Easiest trick for Commies right, dead people can't be hungry. Or be a poor but leftist African country and let your people starve by not accepting donated GMO foods. Better dead than not TRUE vegan anyhow.

  14. I feel like charity is really necessary to allow people to help others in the present but should be reframed and focused more to be about empowering the disadvantaged, and in the meantime more resources could be used towards raising awareness of these systemic issues so that one day charity will no longer be needed..?? Idk

  15. Problem is a lot of community provided assitance is now actively impeded by the state, at least in America. Like if they don't even want to feed the homeless individually that they pass measures to make it illegal imagine anything on a larger, more oraganized scale which definitely won't go under the radar. And that's just with homeless imagine organizing communally the sheer amount of BS bureaucratic red tape idek anymore. I guess everywhere isn't a massive shitshow like America.

  16. One of my subscribers told me about you and I'm glad they did! I always love finding other content creators with similar videos! And I just became vegan in August too! 🙂 I look forward to watching more of your videos <3

  17. I want my mind to be free from thinking about where the next meal will come from!
    That is part of freedom.
    What you talk about is slavery of the mind to the body.
    'Mind over Matter' is part of the freedom.

  18. the question isn't can we, it's should we. Over population isn't a problem you can just throw food or money at to fix

  19. Sadly, many people get very angry when you bring up these realities. They think its some sort of attack on charity and welfare for poor people.

  20. You do realize that human beings have a hormone (ghrelin) that literally signals to the brain when you are hungry, right? This hormone does not tell you to stuff your stomach with food at a specific hour, it tells you that you need to MOVE AND FIND food as soon as possible, else you die. This is because we have evolved by perfectly knowing that food is not a human right handed to us from the sky, it is a privilege to be earned. Why should I be forced at the point of a gun to work twice as hard in order to feed some African who spends his days spreading AIDS rather than cultivating a field or being in any way productive? Seriously, you people have the mental age of a 3 year old.

    And just as a side note: world hunger and extreme poverty have been decreasing in the past 50 years at the fasest rate in human history, and this is EXCLUSIVELY thanks to capitalism, just look at India and China. Ungrateful idiots.

  21. I’m a right wing White Nationalist Vegan, but I do like this woman. I’m not a fan of Communism, Socialism or any of this Left wing ideology, yet somehow I’m drawn to her.

  22. If someone understands italian I suggest to watch the videos (here in youtube) of a great italian mind that dealt with this issue: Giacinto Auriti.

  23. I used to volunteer at food not bombs. No offence to them and their heart is in the right place, but they will never change the world with that. Its mostly just a bunch of people getting together to cook for homeless people etc. It isn't going to tackle the larger problems in the food production industry.

  24. Hey Mexie
    You should do videos on how YOU go out and produce some food with your OWN money to show how this utopia you are describing. You could show how to preserve the food without waste. And then you could send it over to the starving people you are talking about.
    There are a lot of followers here to help you out so your efforts could be multiplied. It would go a long way to convince everyone how society should be set up.

  25. Hey Mexie. I would love to hear your thoughts on the McVegan.


  26. Any significant amount of excess production, if given away, undermines the profit margins.
    It is the reason why there are hungry people while the food is getting destroyed.
    It is the reason why there are homeless people while so many properties are empty.
    etc. … it is just the way Wealth accumulation goes.

    It will continue to be so unless , we decide to have different socio-economic rules.

    (… but who is willing and capable of writing and enforcing the correct rules?)

  27. It's quite simple. The people in sub-saharan Africa are not supported by their own agricultural industries, their own primitive agricultural sectors cannot support Africa's burgeoning population. Instead those people are supported by programs like the WFP – that's what stimulates their population growth. And the longer this continues, the more bloody and damaging the correction will be later down the line.

    That's why we need to end all food programs and allow famine to reduce their population to a number congruent with their net productive output.

  28. Excellent Video, I'm happy I found your channel. The surplus food thats wasted on maintaining factory farms is one of the main causes of food shortage. It's no secret that the meat & dairy industry act as a major part of the capitalist system. One of the reasons why I have been a hard core Veg for years now.

  29. Mexico's going to go full socialist after the election this Sunday. I have a feeling they're going to lose weight when the food is redistributed. Overproduction that is motivated by profit quickly turns into under-production at government-mandated price controls. Farmers may not be a smart as University marxists. But they're not dumb enough to Farm while losing money. But it is nice to see the left admitting that being poor is a virtue because it saves the planet.

  30. Welcome to America, where free breakfasts equals terrorism. Hey- we should bring that program back and call it “Breakfast At Huey’s.”

  31. Take away fossil fuels for transport and these arguments become very hollow. Overpopulation is defined as exceeding local carrying capacity (you can't shuffle-around resources from the rest of the world forever). Making it into a global "distribution" issue ignores the fundamentals. Local overshoot repeated over and over = global overshoot.

    I don't let hot women sway my views, tempting as it can be.

  32. Can you provide a source for that UNDP report from 2004 that reported food production was at 1.5x the need? I can't seem to find it.

  33. Right wing dolt- “muh hunger and thirst aren’t oppression, they’re natural.”
    Me- No, actually they are the most insidious, pernicious and surreptitious forms of oppression and the history of human philosophy from the Buddha to Kant can be seen as an attempt to overcome these insuperable thirsts.

  34. I love your videos! Thank you so much for the awesome content and thoughtful discourse. You are absolutely making a difference in the world!

  35. Why does production matters if only the top 1% get to actually enjoy it?

    The idea that capitalism is best because it maximizes production is ridiculous. Let's assume that is true. So what? Who is benefiting from it? The 99%? The working class? No. It's the 1%

  36. You forgot about The Real Junk Food Project! Rescuing 'waste' food from big companies in the UK (M&S, Morrisons, Ocado, Asda, etc.), and distributing it PAYF via cafe's, shops, and supermarkets

  37. hello. I'm brazilian, so sorry for my bad english. I can see a solution to this problem, witch is a international pact for limits of capitalism. The limits wil define where capitalism can go, and where it can not. Food, water, will be forbidden for the capitlism system.

  38. Great video! This made me want to start a food not bombs group where I live. If someone near Oslo in Norway wants to join me, let me know💪

  39. Kudos…fucking brilliant.
    You are nailing the single most important issue that the left have failed miserably in disseminating.
    Land access = life
    Private land ownership = death and deprivation

  40. I eat meat, in my post socialist world there would be no animal farming because its bad for the planet, but for those who would want to would hunt and get meat that way. It would only be a small set of poupulation because very few meat eaters would be able to kill and eat an animal. As long it didn't harm the enviorment it should be allowed.

  41. I live in North Central PA and I see everyday a segment of the population farm in a way that goes against everything you just posted.


  42. “The problem is not scarcity, it is of distribution” is a line that the creator uses often. I worry that it ignores the fact that capitalism is not just distributive, but also deals with production. Consider coverage efficiency (what I will define as the percentage of the population fed per 100 divided by the amount of food produced as a percentage of the amount of food needed to feed everyone). Let’s say Capitalism has a coverage efficiency of .5 globally. This means that if it produces 1.5 times the amount of food necessary, it will feed 75% of people. Now, let’s imagine a completely made-up system called Schmapitalism, which has a coverage efficiency of .6. It must be a better system, right? Not necessarily. We can’t just apply the .6 factor to the amount of food produced under capitalism. We have to apply it to the amount of food produced under schmapitalism, which is likely different (since these economic systems influence production and not just distribution!). In this case, if schmapitalism doesn’t encourage as much production as does capitalism and only produces 100% of the food we need, 60% of people will get fed. Now, I’m not saying that capitalism necessarily does get more people fed than other systems. What I am saying is that, as I’m sure Mexie will agree, capitalism is Really good at producing stuff, perhaps better than any other system. It’s possible that other economic systems with better coverage efficiencies fail to feed as many people because they just don’t produce enough stuff. Again, not saying this is the case, just that it is possible and unless Mexie addresses this possibility, “The problem is distribution, not scarcity” doesn’t really carry the rhetorical weight it should.

  43. The monsanto suicide point doesnt hold water.. gm grops are actually alleviating struggles like crop losses to pests and droughts that farmers face. BT Brinjal/eggplant is a great sample crop showing it increased yields and eliminated daily barely effective sprays and removes the farmer from many risks. Farmers choose to get seeds from these companies because the provide bulk reliable products. You can save seeds from other sources, gm and hybrid seeds arent able to be saved and hold the same traits because genetics shuffle around from generation to generation. It takes a lot of inbreeding to make a stable seed crop. Gm crops arent just tied to companies either. The first gm crop was made through a university and African staple crops resistant to blights and tolerant to poor conditions are being developed by local scientists to provide for local subsistence and commercial farmers without strings. That being said products like this should be socially funded. The only way we can reduce the hold big companies have on new crops is to lower the ridiculous over the top hoops they have to jump through based on fearmongering about genetics, and fund smaller groups, preferring public scientists over even smaller companies…

  44. 3:40 Food is one of the perfect markets / perfect competition
    Or at least it and foreign markets are seen that way. Sraffian school has an interesting view tho

  45. Have you looked into the Community Food Centres model? There are two CFCs in Toronto, & The Stop in Parkdale is the original. These centres are popping up in cities across the country over the past several years, & there's even one rural CFC, the Table in my hometown of Perth, Ontario. It's an interesting model that sees food as a right, but also focuses on how food can shape communities, & provides not only meals/goods, but also education ranging from cooking & gardening classes to courses exploring social justice topics. CFCs are also vital community hubs that allow for unlikely connections — folks of vastly different income, ages, backgrounds, etc — who are able to share knowledge & resources & organize together against systemic injustice. My CFC is the reason I'm not starving & also the reason why I feel like a useful member of my community. It's the place where I truly can give according to my ability & receive according to my need.

  46. You asked about other things similar to the programs you mention… "VoKü"s in Germany deserve a mention:


    Slightly more info in the German version, perhaps: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volxk%C3%BCche

    My own experience: basically a big community-run, community-supported, usually vegan soup-kitchen-meets-potluck-social-gathering kind of thing. Very communal, fun, and, at the ones I went to, quite tasty!

  47. As much as I like the organisations you promoted in this video and the work they do on food re-distribution and ensuring the most vulnerable people have access to food, I also think your approach of demonising strategies for improving the nutritional value of crops and improving qualities that allow crops to withstand more adverse environmental conditions or improve secondary traits like shelf life.

    Even if you hate capitalism and think it is not an efficient system saying "it's all capitalism's fault" is not fixing the issue and the organisations promoted can only help better food distribution on local scales. Science is an amazing tool for helping improve food rights even under capitalism.

    People in the Philippines can afford rice, a staple cheap food, but they can't afford vitamin A rich foods, so children are going blind and dieing, not because they aren't eating but because we aren't doing everything we can to help them get nutritious food under the system in which, whether you like it or not, we are living in. You're right, food is rotting in the fields and meanwhile people are protesting flavour saver tomatoes that have longer shelf life. You know the changes in climate that we are even now experiencing and how badly this is reflecting of the foods people produce, which isn't just affecting the pan-world yields you discuss as sufficient, but also local food systems and if we don't make sure yields aren't lost to climate change people will be starving regardless. We should promote anything that can help alleviate this stress off our crops to ensure people aren't dieing, because a child in Somalia does not care how his country is able to provide them with food, or whether food is a commodity or a right, they care about whether food is somehow able to get produced in their famine ridden lands, or not.

  48. Rewatching this because I'm doing a project about the food justice movement for my social movements sociology class. Thanks, Mexie! ❤

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