TITLE : Food Ethics and Farm Labor
SPEAKER : Margaret Gray, Associate Professor of Political Science at Adelphi University & Author of Labor and the Locavore.
WHERE : UH Manoa, Saunders Hall 244
In the blizzard of attention around the virtues of local food production, food writers and activists place environmental
protection, animal welfare, and saving small farms at the forefront of their attention. Yet amid this turn to wholesome and responsible food choices, the lives and working conditions of farmworkers are often an afterthought. Margaret Gray's book, Labor and the Locavore, focuses on one of the most vibrant local food economies in the country, the Hudson Valley that supplies New York restaurants and farmers markets. Based on more than a decade’s in-depth interviews with workers, farmers, and others, Gray’s examination clearly shows how the currency of agrarian values serves to mask the labor concerns of an already
Margaret Gray is Associate Professor of Political Science at Adelphi University. Her work focuses on the intersection of food politics and the conditions of low-wage, non-citizen workers in the agro-food industry. Gray also has a decade’s experience working for nonprofits on economic justice. Gray’s book Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic about New York farmworkers and food politics was published by the University of California Press (2014). Gray won the Best Book Award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Best Book Award from the Labor
Project of the American Political Science Association.