Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
Picking berries is hard, sometimes back-breaking work. But consumers rarely consider the physical labor required to deliver them fresh fruits and vegetables. In a new book, a medical anthropologist argues that farmworkers who suffer physically while picking fresh fruit and vegetables deserve better health care.
One of the nation’s largest herb producers once relied heavily on undocumented labor, but has learned some hard lessons since an immigration crackdown. He says transitioning to a legal workforce was well worth it, but that navigating a cumbersome foreign worker program has been challenging.
On Sunday the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW); participants of the Food Justice conference and Bay Area community allies marched in Oakland for farmworker justice. The destination was Trader Joe’s where the group planned deliver a letter, calling on the company to support human rights for farmworkers, specifically the workers who harvest tomatoes sold in their stores.
Happy Spring! Yesterday the Berkeley Farmers’ Market was awash in tender greens, including that rock star of spring, asparagus…just in time for Passover dinners and Easter brunch. From now through mid-April, Berkeley’s Ecology Center is honoring the life of Cesar Chavez, whose work as an activist and organizer within the farmworker communities of California (and beyond) made a difference in so many lives.