The measuring cup pictured above ruled my life yesterday. I measured every drop of water for cooking, cleaning, and drinking for the #4Liters Challenge.
We talk a lot about corporations and their control of our food supply, but the trouble with Nestlé doesn’t have that much to do with 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.
You’ve seen the ads on TV for all-you-can-eat shrimp buffets. Shrimp, once a special treat that you’d get once in a while on a summer seaside vacation, has turned into cheap fast-food like McDonald’s hamburgers. And like fast-food burgers, cheap shrimp is an ecological disaster.
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!
In case the factory farmed meat and those frankly terrible Eat More Chikin ads weren’t enough to keep you from visiting Chick-Fil-A, the chain’s owner has officially come out against gay marriage.
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?
On February 9, 2012, Trader Joe’s signed on to support better wages and working conditions for Florida tomato workers.
Have you been avoiding tomatoes from Trader Joe’s?
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.
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.
Will and Jada Smith are teaming up with Charity: Water to help more people get access to clean, safe drinking water. Here’s how you can get involved.
Hurrah! The UN resolution declaring the human right to water passed today! According to UN News Centre:
We talk a lot around here about healthy food and our food’s impact on the environment. Something we don’t mention as often is access to clean, safe water. I’m sure [ … ]