Farming vs. Farm Workers

Elanor at the Ethicurean has a really interesting article with highlights from the Politics of Food conference held ad NC State U this week. One particularly insightful observation from Daniel de la Torre Ugarte:

News coverage of the food crisis has focused on the global poor as consumers whose lives are thrown out of whack by rising prices. The obvious solution, as they frame it, is to do anything necessary to make food prices low again. But in many cases, the poor are actually farmers or workers in the ag supply chain — or they used to be. If they were farmers still, they’d be making pretty good money right now. Ugarte was asking a profound question: Is the food crisis really about prices? Or is it, at its core, about policy and ownership? [emphasis mine]

Cheap = big agribusiness = people working for big corporations = no benefit from rising food prices for people who used to be farmers

Hmm.

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