March 25th, 2009

bun:  angry orange

Links day - stay away from Florida Tomatoes

This is more horrifying than I can bear.

And a shameful follow-up, wherein the Governor seems to lack any real outrage over the issue, and certainly seems unwilling to come out and condemn the perpetrators.

Oh, look: Another reason to avoid eating at Burger King.

I don't think I ever want to eat a Florida tomato ever again. The sad thing is, I'm absolutely willing, without question, to pay more for my tomatoes if it means a living wage for the people who pick my food. If the food becomes too expensive, I'd rather do without than contribute to this.

This is one of the problems with the long-distance food distribution; the lack of knowledge about the origin of the food on your plate leads to indifference about the working conditions of the people that produce and pick it. We are happy about low prices, but what is the actual cost in human rights? Like I said, I'm happy (delighted, even) to pay more for food that doesn't involve human suffering.

I remember in the 1970s, we never bought fruit (grapes) from Chile, to express our opposition to Pinochet. We may not be able to go down there to fix things in a Rambo-esque manner, but we sure as hell can refuse to buy tainted goods. In an increasingly consumer-driven market, the best way we can effect change is with our wallets.

Just say no to blood produce.