Against the Grain

Toxic Strawberries

We expect to find strawberries in the supermarket all year round.  But geographer Julie Guthman argues that for strawberries to be produced throughout the year — which used to be harvested a few weeks in spring — has required an enormous marshaling of chemical fumigants, pesticides, workers’ labor, and land.  And that effort is now fracturing.


Julie Guthman, Wilted: Pathogens, Chemicals, and the Fragile Future of the Strawberry Industry UC Press, 2019

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