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Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 159–160 | Cite as

Margaret Gray: Labor and the locavore: the making of a comprehensive food ethic

University of California Press, Berkley, California, 2013, 225 pp, ISBN: 978-0-520-27669-7
  • Russell C. HedbergIIEmail author
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Labor is not a frequent focus of discussion in the alternative agriculture literature, either by academics or food writers in the popular press. When it does emerge in the conversation it is usually in the context of the self-exploitation of small farmers logging unsustainably long hours for little to no profit. This is certainly the case on many very small farms in the United States. However, as Margaret Gray documents eloquently and effectively in Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic, a significant majority of the food destined for regional farmer’s markets and high-end locavore restaurants is produced with the power of (undocumented) migrant labor. And as Gray reveals through the voices of her many interviewees, the experiences of these farmworkers are not unlike those felt by laborers in industrial farming operations.

The initial chapters lay down deep historical and geographic roots in the Hudson River Valley (HRV) of New York State where Gray conducted...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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