I seem to be on an all-California kick today. Following is the book description for Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California (University of California Press, 2004):
In an era of escalating food politics, many believe organic farming to be the agrarian answer. In this first comprehensive study of organic farming in California, Julie Guthman casts doubt on the current wisdom about organic food and agriculture, at least as it has evolved in the Golden State. Refuting popular portrayals of organic agriculture as a small-scale family farm endeavor in opposition to "industrial" agriculture, Guthman explains how organic farming has replicated what it set out to oppose.I went in search of a Whole Foods Market® -- "the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America's first national certified organic grocer" -- graphic to drop in here, but found instead the Whole Workers Unite! blog, where it says...
This site is NOT run by or connected to Whole Foods Market. Rather, we are here to counter Whole Foods' attempts at misinforming its workers about what it means to unionize. Our goal is to provide news, information, and resources for everyone concerned about workers' rights.Highly recommended. Includes some entertaining reading on things like a Chicago Whole Foods Market® that got shut down for having organic rats, and how the company has tried to intimidate publications covering unionization by threatening to withdraw advertising bucks. Nice.
Looks as if there's only one real solution...
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Wednesday, December 28