In the blizzard of attention around the virtues of local food
production, food writers and activists place environmental
protection, animal welfare, and saving small farms at the forefront
of their attention. Yet amid this turn to wholesome and responsible
food choices, the lives and working conditions of farmworkers are
often an afterthought.
Labor and the Locavore focuses on one of the most vibrant
local food economies in the country, the Hudson Valley that
supplies New York restaurants and farmers markets. Based on more
than a decade's in-depth interviews with workers, farmers, and
others, Gray's examination clearly shows how the currency of
agrarian values serves to mask the labor concerns of an already
She also explores the historical roots of farmworkers' predicaments
and examines the ethnic shift from Black to Latino workers. With an
analysis that can be applied to local food concerns around the
country, this book challenges the reader to consider how the
mentality of the alternative food movements implies a comprehensive
food ethic that addresses workers' concerns.
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