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Tag: human rights

Human Rights and Our Food System: Who produces your food?

We tend to focus on how the foods we choose impact the planet, but just as important is how those food choices impact the human rights of food workers. Farm workers are some of the most exploited people on the planet. They perform back-breaking labor for meager pay and often work under dangerous conditions. Our food choices directly impact human rights in so many ways.

Bigotry, Chicken, and Capitalism: Implications of the Chick-Fil-A Controversy on the Politics of Food

Chick-fil-A’s conspicuous homophobia and anti-gay bigotry prompted protests and boycots all over the country this week, by LGBT and progressive activists. On Wednesday the fast food chain also saw record sales, as fellow bigots flocked in droves to support the chain’s anti-gay policies during ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.’ By galvanizing both the progressive community and right-wing homophobes to ‘vote their dollar,’ has the controversy opened a Pandora’s box of conscious consumerism and corporate accountability? Here’s hoping!

Is Hershey’s Ditching Slave Labor?

Conventional chocolate is often pretty wretched from an ethical standpoint. Like we’ve talked about before, chocolate production is often linked to child slavery. Thanks to public outcry, Hershey’s is looking to change that, but does that mean that all Hershey’s chocolate will be slavery-free?

Ecovore Book Review: Tomatoland

Slavery, pollution, pesticide poisoning, birth defects, salad… what do these things have in common? Yes! Your Florida-grown winter tomato! Ecovores and others who want their grocery dollars supporting sustainable, ethical food production: Tomatoland is an eye-opener, well worth reading.

The Vanilla Industry’s Dark Side

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and that means sustainable foodies are talking a lot about the link between chocolate and child slavery. The chocolate-slavery connection is an important one, and one we’ve talked quite a bit a out before, too.

What I haven’t seen folks making much noise about are the labor practices surrounding vanilla production.