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What would a hamburger cost, if we factored in the real costs, and paid them correctly?

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Date: 2009-02-27 12:55 am (UTC)
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damn...I had heard about this a few years ago, but I had thought it had gotten better

I hate tomatoes this time of year so I never buy them and try to go local at the farmers market when I do buy them

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Date: 2009-02-27 12:56 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the link... this is a really well-written article on a topic about which not enough can be written.

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Date: 2009-02-27 01:21 am (UTC)
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It really hammers home a true need to buy LOCALLY GROWN and organic whenever possible and affordable.

The sociopathic irony- In so many of these cases the wranglers and/or employers of these "slaves" are they themselves Latin/Hispanic immigrants, or the children and grandchildren of them.

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Date: 2009-02-27 01:29 am (UTC)
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Yeh, the thing that came immediately to mind is, how much of the cheap stuff in the Mission, is actually done by slaves working in dirty (Heavy metals in the soils) dirt.

It's like the Chinese selling cheap stuff in Chinatown from China

Or you know, VietNamese youth in "Pimp Mobiles". Excuse me? What do they think is happening to their sisters/cousins, back in the home country? Weird.

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Date: 2009-02-27 03:02 am (UTC)
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As you know, I've had a decent amount of experience working with organic produce- It's funny...

Being that a proper tomato is so nuanced in flavor, taste, and texture beyond all other fruits and veggies, said product is probably the best gauge of what you're getting -- overall -- through the outlet from whom you buy, and subsequently where they are getting it from. The lesser the flavor, the more likely you're eating "apartheid" produce. The same goes for apples, especially species whose taste straddle the line between sweet and tart. I never buy conventionally grown Fuji apples if I can help it.

Also, when I'm at a place like Safeway, I always try to buy vine-on tomatoes. I can't be sure of the story behind their harvest, but at the very least they taste exponentially better. They're allowed to ripen on the vine, as opposed to being picked while still immature.

Those markets in the Mission, places like them (Hispanic/Latino), or any market for that matter... If the price of bulk carrots and bananas -- specifically -- are extraordinarily low, everything in that place is most likely inferior when it comes to quality, and the quality of pay/life of those that picked it.

The continuous problem is that persons like us, living in the SF Bay Area, virtually have outlets at every corner to procure local and organic -- not that we can always afford it -- where as persons and families in Middle America have no outlets, even those who can afford it.

In the Bay Area, Wal-Marts don't have supermarket sections, just frozen, baked goods, and non-perishables. Out in the non-cosmopolitan parts of the country, Wal-Marts literally sell EVERYTHING!!! People do all their shopping there, including for all their grocery needs.

As you know, Wal-Mart goes out of it's way to purchase "apartheid" merchandise, and why they were the only large retailer to grow in this past recession year... What chance do "slave" workers have as long as Wal-Mart exists?!


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