The Wall Street plowboys don’t soil their own soft hands by actually farming, they’ve figured out how to “work” the land without touching it — and how to harvest a sweet profit. While Wall Street is getting rich off the backs of farmers, the workers who grow and harvest the cornucopia of fruit and veggies in the rich fields across America live in a constant crisis of poverty, malnutrition, and homelessness.
As we indulge in our most food-centric holiday, exactly are we celebrating? America certainly has an abundance of food, yet we face a momentous choice: a food future rooted in the ethic of sustainable agriculture or in exploitative agri-industry.
Farm interests are pushing against a recently finalized federal water rule after an analysis by a trade group concluded that the rule “creates even more risk and uncertainty” for those who work the land.