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.
Tech startups aren’t the only businesses incubated in Northern California. Since 2005, the nonprofit group La Cocina, Spanish for “kitchen,” has been providing equipment, mentoring and access to capital to promising small food businesses in the Bay Area.
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.
Many farmers are cheering government proposals to give thousands of seasonal farmworkers a path to legal status. But even if the bill passes, it won’t solve the long-term trend of fewer migrants coming north to work on U.S. farms. Farmers will instead have to learn how to do more with less immigrant labor.
It’s that time of the year again. Shorter days, colder nights and the realization that yet another year is slipping away. For those of us who clutch to whatever hope we can find, it’s also the time to begin thinking about all the promises ahead for 2008. To help mark the months, calendars that inspire […]
Every year, on the first Sunday of November, tens of thousands of Sikh from across the U.S. and Canada travel to Yuba City for the largest gathering of their extended community in North America. It’s the only public festival I’ve seen in this country where not a single piece of food is sold, yet I […]