Monthly Archives: October 2010

Labor in the 2012 Farm Bill?

Every four or five years, Congress passes a new Farm Bill whose sweeping authority touches everything from wetland conservation to the price of tea in China. With a budget of $284 billion, the Farm Bill funds food stamps and crop … Continue reading

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Creative Paths to Farming Solutions

How can we think outside the box for transforming the role of migrant laborers in our agricultural system? Coming up with creative solutions is not the forte of the USDA. But when I saw an announcement of a new USDA … Continue reading

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Big Momentum for Farm Worker Organizing in Florida (and in a Grocery Store Near You!)

  Early this week, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) announced the “HUGE news” that Pacific Tomato Growers, one of the largest tomato growers in the nation, has agreed to the Coalitions’ demands that workers be paid a penny more … Continue reading

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A New, Fair Food System

Although there seems to be little to no national dialogue about fair labor in the overall American food discussion, Eric Schlosser seems to be one food celebrity who hasn’t forgotten about farm workers. Schlosser, primarily known for co-producing Food Inc. … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Agricultural Miracle-enough?

The following blog is mostly based on information from an article in The Economist entitled “The miracle of the cerrado” published August 26, 2010. In the last thirty years, Brazil has transformed from a food importer to one of the … Continue reading

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Was there something missing from the “Food Issue”?

This past Sunday’s NY Times Magazine was entitled “The Food Issue: Eating Together.” With its cutesy cover and interesting theme I was excited to open it up and see where the NY Times was taking this issue. Diving into the … Continue reading

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Civil Rights at the USDA

The Department of Agriculture has a troubled history in terms Civil Rights. For decades, officials ignored complaints about institutionalized discrimination, and many still refer to the department as “the last plantation”. These issues are deeply entrenched in the operations of … Continue reading

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