Department of Geography

Tony Weis

Associate Professor




2013 The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock. London and New York: Zed Books.

2007 The Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming. London and New York: Zed Books.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

2013 "The Meat of the Global Food Crisis." Journal of Peasant Studies 40(1): 65-85.

2012 “A Political Ecology Approach to Industrial Food Production.” In: Koc, M., J. Sumner, and T. Winson (eds.): Critical Perspectives in Food Studies. Oxford University Press.

2010 “Our Ecological Hoofprint and the Population Bomb of Reverse Protein Factories.” Review, 33(2/3).

2010 “The Accelerating Biophysical Contradictions of Industrial Capitalist Agriculture.” Journal of Agrarian Change 10(3), 315-341.

2009 “ Breadbasket Contradictions: The Unstable Bounty of Industrial Agriculture in the United States and Canada.” In: Lawrence, G., K. Lyons, and T. Wallington (eds.): Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability: New Challenges, Future Options . London: Earthscan.

2009 “Fossil Energy and the Biophysical Roots of the Food Crisis.” In: Clapp, J. and M.J. Cohen (eds.): The World Food Crisis: Governance Challenges and Opportunities. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

2007 “ Small Farming and Alternative Imaginations in the Caribbean Today.” Race and Class, 49(2), 112-117.

2007 “Agrarian Reform in Jamaica: The St Mary Rural Development Project.” Promotio Iustitiae 94(1), 54-62.

2006 “The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Jamaican Peasantry.” Journal of Peasant Studies 33(1), 61-88.

2005 “A Precarious Balance: Neoliberalism, Crisis Management, and the Social Implosion in Jamaica.” Capital and Class 85, 115-47.

2004 “Restructuring and Redundancy: The Impact and Illogic of Neoliberal Agricultural Reforms in Jamaica.” Journal of Agrarian Change 4(4), 461-91.

2004 “(Re-) Making the Case for Land Reform in Jamaica.” Social and Economic Studies 53(1), 35-72.

2004 “To Raze or Renovate?: Developing Countries and the Struggle with the WTO.” Transition 33, 119-42.

2003 “ Agrarian Decline and Breadbasket Dependence in the Caribbean: Confronting Illusions of Inevitability.” Labour, Capital, and Society 36(2), 174-99.

2003 “Confronting Neoliberalism in Southern Mexico: A Primer on the Zapatista Movement and its Contribution to Global Activism.” Transition 32, 116-32.

2001 “Contradictions and Change in Jamaica: Theorizing Ecosocial Resistance Amidst Ecological Crisis.” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 12(2), 85-131.

2001 (1st author, with Anita Krajnc) “Sustainable Development in Canada and the USA: The Implications, Actors and Responses.” In: Our Fragile World: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development. Paris: United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), pp. 2091-2130.

2000 “Beyond Peasant Deforestation: Environment and Development in Rural Jamaica.” Global Environmental Change 10(4), 299-305.

2000 “The Role and Limitations of Peasant Co-operatives in Rural Jamaica: The Case of the St. Mary Rural Development Project.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies 21(3), 725-52.  

Encyclopedic entries

2012 “Biofuels.” In: Juergensmeyer, M. and H.K. Anheier‏ (eds.): Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Thousand Oaks: Sage. Forthcoming.

2010 “Industrialized Agriculture.” In: Warf, B. (ed.): Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks: Sage, pp. 43-47 .

2010 “Land Reform.” In: Warf, B. (ed.): Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks: Sage, pp . 1692-1696.  

Book Reviews

2010 Review of Saturnino Borras Jr. Competing Views and Strategies on Land Reform, 2 volumes. Journal of Agrarian Change. 10(4), 584-88.

2009 Review of A.A. Demarais’ La Via Campesina: Globalization and the Power of Peasants. Human Geography 2(2), pp. 131-34.

2005 “The Commodification of Everything: From Description to Critical Explanation” (Review of James Ridgeway’s It’s All for Sale: The Control of Global Resources). Environments 33(2), 93-95.

2004 “Putting Farm Animals Back in Nature.” Review of Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s The Pig Who Sang to the Moon. The Trumpeter 23(1), 105-108.

Other Publications: Popular Journals and Newspapers

2012 The perilous dependence on cheap food imports and a different path forward. Transnational Institute Discussion Paper.

2008 “The (Not-so) Sudden Crisis of the Global Food Economy.” Canadian Dimension 42(4), 13-16.

2008 “Breadbasket Dependence and the End of Cheap Food,” Stabroek News (Guyana) and Trinidad Express, May 12.

2007 (w/ Tim Weis): “Canada missing golden opportunity in Bali.” Edmonton Journal, Dec. 12.

2005 “Teaching Them How to Negotiate: Technical Assistance or Legitimization?” Third World Resurgence, 173/174: 14-17.

2005 “ Supporting Organic Agriculture: The Next Step.” Jamaica Observer, Jan. 13.

2003 “Confronting the Naked Emperor in Chiapas.” Canadian Dimension 37(4): 10-11.

2003 “Re-inventing Revolution: The Continuing Inspiration and Struggle of the Zapatistas.” Canadian Dimension 37(6): 14-16.

2002 “ Jamaica: Rhetoric and Reality About Free Trade.” Z Magazine (June): 13-15.