Against the Grain

Workers and Local Food Production

For Americans who are concerned about the ways that big agribusiness grows our food—whether it’s the pesticides in vegetables, the ecological impact of food being shipped around the country, or the tastelessness of much mass produced food—local food production on family farms seems like a holistic alternative. But, as political scientist Margaret Gray argues, there’s a big blind spot in supporting local, small-scale food production—and that’s the condition of agricultural workers.


Margaret Gray, Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic, UC Press, 2014.

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