Have you ever seen those “Thank a Farmer” bumper stickers? They might seem a little bit flip, but at its heart that sentiment is true. We can thank farmers and farm workers for every bit of food on our plates, so it’s important to consider farm workers rights when we’re shopping for food.
When you dig into the the realities of our food system, you find truths you don’t want to know. Such is the case with farmworkers’ conditions.
This week’s news features not one but two reports indicting the chicken industry, as well as the USDA’s (ahem) ‘regulatory’ oversight of it. GMOs face new and improved regulation in Hawaii, but China kicks our imports to the curb for sub-par GMO-related quality control; meanwhile Whole Foods ditches suppliers over genetically modified ingredients. If you still eat animal meat, beware! Several meat recalls are underway — none of them (so far) involve horse meat, but that could change if horse slaughter’s allowed to resume as planned. A recent study touted health benefits of organic milk over conventionally produced milk; but did you get the full story? Read on, for the week’s top news in food!
Ukrainian Immigrant Farmer Alexander Velikoretskikh – Mercy Corp NW As I’ve commented on in the past (see What is Sustainable Cuisine? – Part Two), one tenant of sustainability and sustainable [ … ]