With little regard for animal suffering, the environment, or fair labor practices, our conventional food system has been based on the premise that food is a commodity that should be cheap and plentiful--the costs, even to our health, are downplayed. Scott Exo, executive director of the Food Alliance tells how his organization is working to create an alliance around trust in our relationship to food. Food Alliance Certification supports fair working conditions, humane treatment of animals, and good environmental stewardship. Based in Portland, the Food Alliance is a nonprofit organization that certifies farms, ranches and food handlers throughout North America for sustainable agricultural and f
If you want to celebrate Thanksgiving AND support fair working conditions, humane treatment of animals, and good environmental stewardship, find out how the Food Alliance can help you pick out your turkey and trimmings. Based in Portland, the Food Alliance is a nonprofit organization that certifies farms, ranches and food handlers throughout North America for sustainable agricultural and facility management practices. Call in with your questions.
Today's show, hosted by Denise Morris, features interviews about poverty & healthcare, the General Motors bailout, a commentary about building a maintenance economy, and a brief history of the world's most important 6-second drum-loop.
"I never could imagine that one day when I came to America -- to pursue the American dream, like everybody --that I would come to a point when the management of my work would come and have that meeting. I will never forget that one. It comes in my nightmares at night. It went for five hours. It was like threats, clear threats from management: 'The school is going to close.'"
Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod interview Kent Wong, Director, UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, about building a stronger progressive labor movement by supporting immigrant workers and their rights.
Kent Wong is director of the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, where he teaches Labor Studies and Asian American Studies. He previously was staff attorney for the Service Employees International Union in Los Angeles. Kent has also served as national president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, and the United Association for Labor Education.
With corporate money at the wheel, whither then for the progressive?
As the populist wave that swept President Obama into office gives way to Business as Usual, Americans are waking up to the realities of life in a plutocracy. Both Frank Rich in the New York Times and Chris Hedges on Alternet reflect on this point in grand fashion. Rich, in a column titled "Who Will Stand Up to the Superrich?" writes that the issue is "issue is whether the country can afford the systemic damage being done by the ever-growing income inequality between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, whether poor, middle class or even rich."