food and agricultural labor

All is Fair (Trade) in Love and Chocolate

In which the GRACE team tastes and rates 11 brands of Fair Trade, Organic and Rainforest Certified chocolates. Buying Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolates is an easy way to ensure that your purchasing power supports chocolate growers with sound human rights policies.

Where's the Love, Hershey? On Chocolate and Labor

Ecocentric writer Chris Hunt, who doesn't care much for chocolate, is an unlikely choice of authors for a Valentine's Day chocolate post. He does, however, have one important qualification: he cares about preventing slave labor.

New Farmers

Although the average age of US farmers continues to rise, many young people are starting to pursue careers in sustainable agriculture.

Workers

Farmworkers and other food sector employees have the critical responsibility of feeding our nation. Learn about the deplorable working conditions they often face.

Community and Economy

Factory farms make terrible neighbors. Learn how industrial agriculture affects surrounding communities and local economies.

United Farm Workers

Founded in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers of America is the nation’s first successful and largest farm workers union currently active in 10 states. The UFW continues to organize in major agricultural industries across the nation.

Impacts of Industrial Agriculture

Learn how industrial agriculture damages the environment, threatens human health, degrades rural communities, harms workers, and compromises animal welfare.

Coalition for Immokalee Workers

The CIW is a community-based organization of mainly Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida.

United Food and Commercial Workers

Our union is founded on workers empowering workers to unite and find their voice. We are made up of more than 1.3 million people working primarily in grocery and retail stores, and in the food processing and meat packing industries. Together, we are proud to put the food on America’s tables.

Farmworker Justice

Farmworker Justice is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice.

Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food (A Book Review)

Connecting our global food with global markets, journalist Fred Kaufman forges a new way of thinking about food prices and food systems in his engaging, informative new book Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food. Spoiler alert: we liked it. Read on!

Our Heroes: Lovell Grassfed Cattle Company

Over the winter, Ecocentric interviewed farmers across the country from our Eat Well Guide in an effort to highlight both the challenges and triumphs of sustainable farmers across the country. Join us as we delve in to discover what it means to be a farmer in the 21st century.

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