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Food Power: The Rise and Fall of the Postwar American Food System

Bryan L. McDonald


This book brings together the history of food, agriculture, and foreign policy to explore the use of food to promote American national security and national interests. During the first three decades of the Cold War, Americans struggled to understand how an unprecedented abundance of food could be best used to advance the nation’s goals and values. Was food a weapon, a commodity to be valued and exchanged through markets, or a substance to be provided to those in need? Food power was essential to America’s postwar modernization strategy and vision of what it meant to be a stable, secure, and te ... More

Keywords: food power, food security, modern food, Green Revolution, famine, Marshall Plan, Food for Peace, world food crisis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190600686
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bryan L. McDonald, author
Assistant Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University