Tangled Routes: Women, Work, and Globalization on the Tomato Trail

Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - 335 Seiten
Where does our food come from? Whose hands have planted, cultivated, picked, packed, processed, transported, scanned, sold, sliced, and cooked it? What production practices have transformed it from seed to fruit, from fresh to processed form? Who decides what is grown and how? What are the effects of those decisions on our health and the health of the planet? Tangled Routes tackles these fascinating questions and demystifies globalization by tracing the long journey of a corporate tomato from a Mexican field to a Canadian fast-food restaurant. Through an interdisciplinary lens, Deborah Barndt examines the dynamic relationships between production and consumption, work and technology, biodiversity and cultural diversity, and health and environment. A globalization-from-above perspective is reflected in the corporate agendas of a Mexican agribusiness, the U.S.-based McDonald's chain, and Canadian-based Loblaws supermarkets. The women workers on the front line of these businesses offer a humanized globalization-from-below perspective, while yet another "globalization" is revealed through examples of resistance and local alternatives. This revised and updated edition highlights developments since the turn of the millennium, in particular the deepening economic integration of the NAFTA countries as well as the growing questioning of NAFTA's consequences and the crafting of alternatives built on foundations of sustainability and justice.

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Roots and Routes
Across Space and through Time Tomatl Meets the Corporate Tomato
Frames and Filters Theoretical and Methodological Approaches
Arch Deluxe with a Smile Women Never Stop at McDonalds
You Can Count on Us Scanning Cashiers at Loblaws Supermarkets
On the Move for Food Truckers and Transnational Migrants
Picking and Packing for the Norm Agriculture Workers at Empaque Santa Rosa
Crossing Sectors and Borders Weaving a Holistic Analysis
Signs of Hope Taking Action for Justice and Sustainability
In Gratitude
About the Author

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Deborah Barndt is professor of environmental studies at York University in Toronto. A photographer and activist, she has worked with social justice movements in Canada, the United States, and Central America for over forty years.

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