Lately it seems like every discussion in the food world centers around GMOs/organic/local. It is all about what we see on the plate and getting caught up in it, I realized I was no longer paying attention to the journey of food from the fields to the fork as is the stated goal of my blog.
That got me thinking about the people who make this food journey possible: farmers and farm workers. And around the globe, it would seem, crises are everywhere: in Mexico, farm workers are striking and stopping work to demand better wages and conditions; in Bangladesh farmers specially from minority groups are being forcibly dispossessed of their land, an issue which resonates next door in India as well; a theme that is echoed in Egypt. And in a closing of the circle, Chipotle says it is paying close attention to its customers and banning GMOs, but perhaps need to better care of their workers who bring the food to our plates.
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You bring up some interesting points. The problem is that, at least in the US, the media doesn’t report on farmer issues (especially concerning farmers in other parts of the world), so we don’t know these things are even happening. That’s why it’s so great that you are writing about it- you’re bringing attention to an important issue!
Thanks for stopping by! Yes, we tend to get caught up in all the noise around us so I am going to try and look for information on other issues in the food debate as well. Glad you found it interesting!
Keep up the good work!