The Socialist Program

Marxist Economics 101: Food, Farming and Capitalism (Part 1)

This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Brian and Prof. Wolff begin a multi-part series on agriculture under capitalism. Under this system, the most basic necessity of life — food — is turned into a source of profit dominated by a smaller and smaller number of agribusiness corporations. Environmental destruction and enormous waste are built into the capitalist agriculture system while hundreds of millions around the globe still go hungry.

Richard Wolff is the co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work and the author of many books, the latest being “The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself”. You can check out his work at

Richard and Brian also discuss two important books on the topic in this episode: “Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation” by Fred Magdoff and “Animal, Vegetable, Junk” by Mark Bittman.

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