What a gorgeous photo! You really have an eye!Wanted to send you a link to Barry Estabrook's latest Politics of the Plate, but it's not online yet. It's called "The Price of Tomatoes," in the March 2009 print version of Gourmet. It's a truly shocking expose of the enslavement--real, true, brutal slavery--of migrant pickers in south Florida tomato fields (eg, Immokalee, near Naples). Anytime you buy a winter tomato from Florida (and Mexico is even worse), you may well be buying a product of modern-day slavery. I don't know if it includes organic tomatoes or not. But Whole Foods is the only major chain to sign a pledge, with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Campaign for Fair Food, to buy only slave-free fruits.
Here's a link to the CIW website. I'm still deeply shocked and wonder how many other winter crops are produced under similar circs.http://www.ciw-online.org/
Just discovered the Estabrook article embedded within the CIW website: http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000s/2009/03/politics-of-the-plate-the-price-of-tomatoesIt's really worth reading. So much for abolition in this country.
Thanks, Melinda, for the eye and the article :)I'm reading it now...
Oh brother. The price for cheap food.
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