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The Financialization of the Food Chain

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Touch the Soil News #338 Years ago, there was a time when most people had a hand in raising their food. Now, with steady migrations towards cities and mega-metropolis’, food has become a virtual reflection of the financial system. Access to food is essentially the story of access to dollars. The triumphs and failures of the financial system – which to a large degree determines the volume and placement of dollars – are reflected in the food chain. Back in 2012, a group of fast food workers congregated to tell their stories and woes: 1) Taking the subway to work only to be sent home before a shift started. 2)…

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America’s Food-Chain Workers – At the Forefront of Global Financial Change

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Touch the Soil News #258 On November 29, 2012 over 100 fast-food workers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Domino’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut walked off their jobs in New York in strike for better wages and working conditions. These strikes have increased in number and are snowballing to include child care, home healthcare and convenience store workers. The movement is now national and under the banner of Fight for $15 – that is $15 an hour minimum wage across the board. The whole issue of a $15 minimum wage has become a focus of the Democratic Party in the 2016 elections. Understandably, America’s food-chain workers are focused on…

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Guerilla Grafters – Practicing Food Civil Disobedience

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Touch the Soil News #249 Guerilla Grafters are going around the streets of San Francisco grafting fruit-bearing branches onto no-fruit bearing ornamental fruit trees. While grafting onto publically owned trees is illegal, the practice has been somewhat tolerated by San Francisco officials. Guerilla Grafters have a vision of the urban commons as hosting food and fruit that a more caring society takes a hand in. It not only cultivates food awareness, but encourages community members to interact more. Guerilla Grafters pose with their equipment and tools, hiding the identity of the persons. (photo courtesy of guerilla grafters) The grafters work in broad daylight in early March. Small knives, special tape,…

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