Tropical Commodities as Tradeable Assets

This post follows in the tracks of my ongoing interest for the political economy of food. In this interview, which I carried out with Peter Robbins, author of Stolen Fruit: The Tropical Commodities Disaster, I have tried to find out a bit more about the “transformation” (to quote Bruno Latour) of commodities into tradeable assets. It has been a really interesting experience to hear from a former trader in tropical commodities about how food – by being turned into “paper” – can actually end up in the balance sheet of a financial institution!