Tony Weis

Tony Weis
The University of Western Ontario | UWO · Department of Geography

PhD

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July 2004 - present
The University of Western Ontario
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Per capita meat consumption has risen steadily for many decades, roughly doubling on a world scale over just a few generations. The meatification of diets is driven by the industrialization of livestock production, and there is mounting recognition that this trajectory bears heavily on a range of environmental and social problems, as well as being...
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The increasing accessibility, diversity, and quality of plant-based meat, dairy, and eggs makes it easier for people seeking to avoid or reduce their consumption of animal foods, whether for environmental, ethical, or health considerations, which can ultimately contribute to urgent reductions at a much broader scale. At the same time, it is importa...
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This Guidance Memo provides a comparative analysis of the production and consumption of animal flesh in six important and illustrative countries, as a basis for assessing the potential of rising plant-meat production and consumption. A core argument is that a rapid and radical transition away from animal flesh-centered diets is an urgent environmen...
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The growing crisis of bee health has shone a spotlight on the problems facing pollinator populations in many parts of the world, the worrying implications for agriculture and ecosystems, and some of the risks of pesticides. Although this attention is important and can open a range of critical vistas, the threats to bees, other pollinators, and the...
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Through a qualitative case study from the Northern Region of Ghana, this paper examines smallholders’ perceptions of environmental change and contemporary Green Revolution prescriptions promoted by foreign donors, NGOs and the state. These prescriptions seek to commercialise and intensify production in Ghana through increasing use of chemical ferti...
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This article makes a case for centering animal life in conceptions of environmental, agrarian, and dietary change. It begins with a brief discussion of the extinction spasm and defaunation and suggests that envisaging landscapes of animal “ghosts” might help to evoke the ecological impoverishment this entails. Landscapes of ghosts are then set agai...
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Although the devastation from Haiti’s 2010 earthquake was concentrated in Port-au-Prince, it had deep agrarian roots. This paper situates Haiti’s urban poverty in the chronic exploitation of the country’s peasant classes as a basis for assessing the competing contemporary visions for agricultural development. We argue that the post-earthquake recon...
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This paper examines divergent peasant responses to models of export-oriented mango production that have been promoted in post-earthquake Haiti. While critical agrarian studies tends to focus more on the ways that capital shapes conditions facing peasant producers, there has been much less attention to the ways that peasant decision-making can restr...
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Major scholars in the field, on the basis of a 3-day consensus, created an in-depth review of current knowledge on the role of diet in cardiovascular disease (CVD), the changing global food system and global dietary patterns, and potential policy solutions. Evidence from different countries and age/race/ethnicity/socioeconomic groups suggesting the...
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Since 2008, there has been an increasingly influential narrative that world crop production must (“sustainably”) double from current levels in order to feed over nine billion people by 2050 (FAO, 2009; Ray, Mueller, West, & Foley, 2013; Soil Association, 2010; Tilman, Balzer, Hill & Befort, 2011; UN, 2009), which has been enthusiastically embraced...
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This paper explores the restructuring of the Belizean banana industry, follozving the phase-out of preferential trade. The industry has sought to access a high value export niche based on rigorous quality standards. Drawing from 121 qualitative interviews with plantation workers, managers, and owners, the analysis focuses on the tactics deployed by...
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Visions of food sovereignty have been extremely important in helping to galvanize broad-based and diverse movements around the need for radical changes in agro-food systems. Yet while food sovereignty has thrived as a ‘dynamic process’, until recently there has been insufficient attention to many thorny questions, such as its origins, its connectio...
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The global food crisis has been widely described in terms of the volatility of grain and oilseed markets and the associated worsening conditions of food security facing many poor people. Various explanations have been given for this volatility, including increasingly meat-centered diets and rising demand for animal feed, especially in China. This i...
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Climate change threatens to bring enormous infrastructural challenges for low-lying regions, and the capacity for adaptation is highly uneven on a global scale. Guyana, a developing country in South America, is highly susceptible to sea-level rise and flooding, because much of the population lives at or below sea level and depends upon old and deca...
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This paper has set out to argue that if Jamaica's deforestation crisis is recognized to be historical, political, economic, and essentially one of social injustice in land and society, real solutions lie not in managing the symptoms of these societal contraditions but in overcoming them - most centrally in terms of land reform. As William Thiesenhu...
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The productivity of industrial capitalist agriculture is central to dominant development narratives. It is also highly unstable, with intractable biophysical problems created in the substitution of labour, skill and knowledge with technology, and overridden with unsustainable ‘technological fixes’ and masked by a host of externalized costs. Relativ...
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This paper examines the environmental costs and unevenness of rising livestock production on a world scale. To do this, it develops a framework—the ecological hoofprint—for analyzing the nature of the industrial grain-oilseed-livestock complex. This includes attention to: the scale of production and the dramatic pace of change; systemic imperatives...
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Ghana has achieved dramatic improvements in national food security in recent years, but concealed in this overall progress is a considerable measure of regional unevenness, with the population living in the dry savannah regions in the north faring the worst. The Upper West Region (UWR) is the poorest region of Ghana and has long served as a reservo...
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Forged and still scarred by slavery, Caribbean agricultural landscapes are now being made redundant in an era of global market integration. The demise of preferential trade agreements is exposing the uncompetitiveness of the plantation sector while small farmers, still largely confined to marginal positions within highly inequitable landscapes, are...
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This article examines the crisis of the Jamaican peasantry. Jamaica's peasants are struggling against pressures old and new, with the burden of their spatial inheritance magnified by a withering state, rising food imports following trade liberalisation, and oft-conflictive social relations. It begins by examining the historical formation of the pea...
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This article examines the process of structural adjustment in Jamaica, and the various ways in which the contradictory tensions embedded in the current order are being contained. Although political, economic and social realities are deeply inequitable and potentially unstable, there are serious barriers to understanding, dialogue, organisation and...
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Since the onset of IMF lending in the late 1970s, Washington-based planners have progressively compelled the Jamaican state to abandon its role in agriculture. Jamaica's agricultural adjustment occurred in two stages: first, agricultural development programmes were rolled back in the 1980s; second, liberalizing pressures in the 1990s threatened bot...
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Today, agro-export production in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is not only losing its place in global networks but domestic producers are fast being displaced in their own markets. In economic terms, the region now primarily provides tourism resorts, off-shore banking, migratory labor, drug transhipment, and some resources such as oil. For the...
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Jamaica is experiencing one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world, with severe environmental consequences attendant to the loss of its forests. It is also plagued by high levels of poverty, particularly in rural areas. As throughout much of the tropics, impoverished peasant farmers are blamed as the primary agents in Jamaica's forest c...
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Rural Jamaica possesses persistently high levels of poverty as numerous barriers frustrate the viability of peasant agriculture. This paper examines the acute vulnerability of the peasantry according to three types of constraints—production limitations, marketing linkages and the nature of market demand—and presents a hopeful case of a peasant coop...
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Ontario Premier Mike Harris recently hosted the Premier's Symposium on Heritage Hunting in Ottawa, a traditionally American forum held in Canada for the first time from August 23-27, 2000. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources web site, the pur-pose of the Ottawa symposium, otherwise known as the Governors' Conference (when held in the US)...
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Thesis (M.E.S.)--Wilfrid Laurier University, 1998. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 281-293). Photocopy.
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--Queen's University, 2003. Includes bibliographical references.

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A leading journal in the field of rural politics and development, The Journal of Peasant Studies ( JPS) provokes and promotes critical thinking about social structures, institutions, actors and processes of change in and in relation to the rural world. It fosters inquiry into how agrarian power relations between classes and other social groups are created, understood, contested and transformed. JPS pays special attention to questions of ‘agency’ of marginalized groups in agrarian societies, particularly their autonomy and capacity to interpret – and change – their conditions. See: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fjps20/current