Category Archives: labour

Labour in the Food Industry

Check out this piece by Stephen Lurie, writing for Vox: You care about where your food comes from. Shouldn’t you care about who grew and picked it? Lurie is arguing that the food you consume embodies a certain set of … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, choice, ethics, fairtrade, labour

In Praise of Industrialized Food

Check out this piece, by Rachel Laudan, in the Utne Reader: In Praise of Fast Food. (It’s worth noting right up front that the title of the piece is misleading. It’s not a defense of fast food, in the McDonalds … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, ethics, factory farms, fast food, health, industrial, junk food, labour, natural, science, values | 2 Comments

Portable Food Factories

Can the word “factory” ever be used in a food-related context in a way that doesn’t sound like a criticism? Can an chemical company ever produce something that could be welcomed by fans of local, organic agriculture? How about a … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, ecosystems, factory farms, industrial, labour, organic, values

What’s the Point of Urban Farming?

Some people’s enthusiasm for urban farming is downright infectious. See, for example, this article: Will Allen and The Urban Farming Revolution, by Ethan Zuckerman. Will Allen is redefining farming. His farm is a set of greenhouses in a corner of … Continue reading

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Chocolate, Labour Standards, and Blood

Here’s a petition calling for changes in labour standards in the cocoa industry: Tell Big Chocolate CEOS We Want Fair Trade Cocoa. I’m bringing the petition to your attention, not necessarily endorsing it. I’m not signing it myself, because I … Continue reading

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