A Better Option for the Impoverished Farmer

The fair trade movement has grown exponentially in recent years thanks to large corporate partnerships and more global awareness. It’s arguably made a difference for many tradespeople on whom wealthy countries depend. But it’s not the only option out there if you’re interested in ethical consumerism – there are alternatives to fair trade that can … Continue reading

New Roots

I’m loving the IRC’s New Roots program. It plays on the the not-so-revolutionary idea that refugees miss the food from their homelands and often arrive with significant experience in gardening and even full-scale farming. New Roots helps refugees establish gardens from Iowa to the Bronx. The program has a simple action plan with complex goals. … Continue reading

Banana-Lover Options

If you’ve been following along this week, you’re probably wondering what, if any, options there are for eating bananas without feeling like a jerk or worse. Like certain other activities, the only safe option might be abstinence. A potato has the same calories as a banana and is easier to grow. Consider potato pudding, potato … Continue reading

Cancer Come and Me Wan’ Go Home

Bananas in the Store – by Steve Hopson, http://www.stevehopson.com In the last few decades, a large number of workers have migrated toward the banana plantations. That’s right, toward them. Even though the industry is corrupt and life is hard on a banana farm, many migrants feel any check is better than no check, and bananas … Continue reading

The Power of Locavores to Stop Slavery

CSA Week 11 – from thebittenword.com Each year, as many as 5% of farm workers are forced laborers. These are not slave-like conditions – this number refers to actual slavery, in which the worker is not allowed to leave. It does not include the many severe abuses carried out against normal farm workers in America … Continue reading

How Agricultural Slavery Works in the United States

Ansel Adams – Manzanar farm workers and Mt. Williamson, 1943 The continued existence of agricultural slavery might be hard to believe, but exist it does, and at a widespread levels across the globe. What might be even more surprising, especially to American consumers, is the prevalence of slavery on farms across the United States. CIW … Continue reading

A Labor Day for the Farmer Slave

This Labor Day, millions of Americans rushed the malls, parks and beaches to enjoy one last dog day of summer before the leaves die. We ate fruit salads and chocolate ice cream and forgot about the world a bit. In our forgetfulness, and in our well-deserved rest, we died a little on the inside. And … Continue reading

Tea: Debt and Migration

Who knew that a regular job producing a commodity the entire world consumes could lead to so much insecurity? Many women across the globe pick tea leaves in an effort to feed their families and provide education to their children. Despite the rain-or-shine, labor-intensive duties and low pay, the job provides income and, in many … Continue reading

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