Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food by Frederick Kaufman

 Why can’t delicious, inexpensive and healthy food be available to everyone? What does the financialization of food have to do with world hunger? How has food stopped being food and what does the Chicago Mercantile Exchange have to do with this question? Frederick Kaufman’s innovative and well-researched book, Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food, explores these questions. Kaufman investigates the connection between the global food chain and global finance. What does pizza, which is one of the most popular foods items in the world, have to do with the financialization of food?

Kaufman shares with Food Integrity Now his prospective and his investigation into the world of food futures, commodities and derivatives. He expands upon how this volatile industry, that is still greatly unregulated, is creating the imaginary food prices which are in conflict with the real price of food.

In this controversial interview Kaufman discusses not only the financialization of food and how this affects hunger on the planet, but we also discuss Bill Gates, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, GMOs, our current patents laws and the need for patent reform. To listen to this intriguing interview, click the link below:


  1. Here is something that is news worthy… I thought you would agree…

    I just came across some interesting info for low income families that want to grow their own food. Most of these low income folks are on Food Stamp Program and in the guidelines it states these recipients can buy seeds and plants to grow food for the household to eat.

    .Foods You Can Buy With Food Assistance Benefits
    .Households can use food assistance benefits to buy
    .Breads and cereals;
    .Fruits and vegetables;
    .Meats, fish, and poultry;
    .Dairy products; and
    .Seeds and plants to grow and produce food for the household to eat.

    The challenge is education – both for vendors to provide plants & seeds, and especially, for the end user, to understand and accept that a portion of their allowance will go to grow food that will not be available to eat in the same week they spend the $. Food Stamps create a cycle of dependency on instant gratification and there is rarely surplus $$ in their food stamp allowance to spend on an investment and an uncertain crop that may or may not produce or outlive weather, or bug infestation or other variables. EDUCATION would help assure success and adoption of this most valuable benefit!

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