It?s All For Sale: The Control Of Global Resources
James RidgewayISBN: 0822333740;
Five companies dominate the U.S. petroleum industry. Five control the worldwide trade in grain. Two have a corner on the private market for drinking water. In terms of actual dollars, trade in heroin, cocaine, and tobacco ranks alongside that in grain or metals. There are more slaves in the world today than ever before. Resource-by-resource, It?s All for Sale uncovers and discloses who owns, buys, and sells what. Some resources?such as fuel, metals, fertilizers, drugs, fibers, food, forests, and flowers?have, for better or worse, long been thought of as commodities. Others?including fresh water, human beings, the sky, the oceans, and life itself (in the form of genetic codes)?are more startling to think of as products with pricetags, but, as James Ridgeway shows, they are treated as such on a massive scale in lucrative markets around the world. Revealing the surprisingly small number of companies that control many of the basic commodities we use in...
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