Articles from October 2010



Tomato Update: Florida’s Largest Tomato Grower Joins Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program

Just a little over a week after Pacific Tomato Growers, one of the top five tomato producers in Florida, came aboard the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food effort (see previous post), the state’s largest producer has followed suit. Here is the press release: With the the 2010 tomato season just around the corner, momentum [...]

Coalition of Immokalee Workers Lands a Knockout Blow for Field Laborers Justice

Coalition of Immokalee Workers Photograph   A few months ago, I attended an amateur boxing match in Immokalee, Fla., an agricultural community in the southwestern part of the state. It didn’t look like it was going to be a fair fight. In one corner was a strapping fellow in his late teens or early 20s. [...]

Estabrook’s New York Times Magazine Debut–The Catch: How one determined writer put a Maine island on the map–not only for its seafood, but also for the people who catch it.

Though we had agreed to meet at 9 a.m., Ingrid Bengis-Palei woke me at 7, shouting from the bottom of the stairs leading to the apartment where I was staying above her barn on Deer Isle, Me. She had orders for 600 oysters, a third of which had to be overnighted to Beverly Hills to [...]

The Solution to Unsustainable Aquaculture Swims in a Landlocked Industrial Park in Western Massachusetts.

  Our prehistoric ancestors in Southeast Asia had good reason to domesticate the area’s wild sheep instead of tigers. Sheep were docile creatures that preferred to live together in flocks and could convert grass and weeds that humans couldn’t digest into valuable protein. Tigers were solitary and wide-ranging and needed to be fed many times [...]