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Crosscurrents

Interview with Raj Patel: Hidden food costs

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There are hidden costs attached to almost everything we buy. T-shirts, mortgages, and hamburgers.  In the book “The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy,” Raj Patel argues that even a hamburger may have hidden ecological and social costs of as much as $200. 

Patel also shows concern that some global food aide organizations may sometimes do more harm than good.

RAJ PATEL: It’s [food] being loaded off the boat and is given away for free. So what does that do to the farmer? Of course it wipes them out.

Click the audio player above to hear the entire interview. 

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.