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Chinese peasants reaping benefits of rising food prices

Article after article has come to the news regarding the alarmingly high inflation levels for food prices in China. Initially blamed on seasonal and weather-related effects or tied to the price of global commodities, it has become clear that booming … Continue reading

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Microcredit for Farm Workers?

Microfinance involves extending small loans to persons in poverty to promote entrepreneurship.  The loans can range from just $100 to typically no more than $5,000.  Having developed an interest in microfinance as a development strategy, I was curious to see … Continue reading

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Movie Reviews

Food Inc., A Good Start Fair Food: Field to Table, A Good Addition Food Inc. provided a great introduction for thousands of people beginning to think critically about the food system. It took on a lot in its scope, from … Continue reading

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New York’s Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act: A Look at Both Sides

New York’s Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act: A Look at Both Sides This past August 3rd, 2010, the New York State Senate struck down New York’s Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, legislation that would improve existing labor conditions for New … Continue reading

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Factory Workers And Farm Workers Should Be Working Together

Meat packers make 29% less than the average manufacturing wage, while laboring in one of the most dangerous forms of industry. Most labor advocates would agree that low wages and poor working conditions couple to make meat processing among the … Continue reading

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The Midterm Elections Aren’t Bad News For The 2012 Farm Bill

Last Summer, I was feeling pretty optimistic about opportunities for change within the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill. Already, hearings by the House Agriculture Committee had indicated that this Bill might be characterized by greater citizen involvement (meaning that lobbies were … Continue reading

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Líderes Campesinas: Fighting for Women’s Rights in Farm Work

Women farm workers face extra challenges in an already severe work environment. Women often face hiring discrimination, sexual assault, and reproductive problems related to pesticide exposure. They are also burdened with childcare and homemaking in addition to their demanding work … Continue reading

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