Gerardo Otero is Professor of sociology and International Studies at Simon Fraser University. Author of Farewell to the Peasantry? Political Class Formation in Rural Mexico (Westview 1999), he has published numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and edited books about political economy of agriculture and food, civil society and the state in Mexico and Latin America. His latest edited book is Food for the Few: Neoliberal Globalism and Biotechnology in Latin America (University of Texas Press, 2008, reissued in paperback in 2010), which is forthcoming in Spanish as La dieta neoliberal. He is working on a book on empowerment theory or political-cultural formation from the bottom up. E-mail: email@example.com. Web page: www.sfu.ca/~otero.