Many consumers have no idea what it takes to get their food to the table. This panel will focus on current conditions and the future potential for the millions of men and women who harvest and process the food we eat each day.
Activists who campaign on behalf of farm and meatpacking workers will discuss how to create a system in which eating well and treating people right lead to success, sustainability and profitability for all- Slow Food Nation
Greg Asbed is on the staff of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
Lucas Benitez is a Co-Director of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
As Associate Executive Director of the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, Maricela oversees CAUSEâ€™s Health Access and Equity and Women SEE Justice projects.
Augustin Ramirez is an organizer for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
Eric Schlosser has been a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly since 1996. After graduating from Princeton with a degree in American History, Schlosser tried his hand at several professions (playwright, novelist, script writer) before finally turning to non-fiction in his early thirties. Although his idea for an article on homosexuals in the military was turned down by the Atlantic Monthly, the magazine offered him another assignment: writing about the New York City bomb squad after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Other assignments followed, one of which was about America and its fast food industry. What began as a simple magazine article turned into an international bestseller. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal, was on the New York Times bestsellers list for nearly two years. It appeared on the bestseller lists of the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, USA Today, Business Week, and Publishers Weekly, as well as on bestseller lists in Canada, Great Britain and Japan.
His second New York Times bestseller, Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market (May 2003), was also inspired by his earlier articles on the enforcement of marijuana laws in America and illegal immigration in California. His two-part series, "Reefer Madness" and "Marijuana and the Law" (Altantic Montly, August and September, 1994), won a National Magazine Award for reporting, and his article, "In the Strawberry Fields" (Atlantic Monthly, November 1995), received a Sidney Hillman Foundation award.
Schlosser has appeared on 60 Minutes, CNN, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, FOX News, The O'Reilly Factor, and Extra!. He has been interviewed on NPR and covered in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and the New York Times. His work also has appeared in Rolling Stone and The New Yorker.
Lucas Benitez, Co-Director of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, describes the squeeze farms feel from suppliers who charge high prices for inputs and buyers who pay low prices for products, leaving insufficient revenue to pay the actual farm workers.
Agriculture operated by business; specifically, that part of a modern national economy devoted to the production, processing, and distribution of food and fibre products and byproducts. Commercial farming has largely supplanted the family farm in production of cash crops. Some food-processing firms that operate farms have begun to market fresh produce under their brand names. In recent years, conglomerates involved in nonagricultural businesses have entered agribusiness by buying and operating large farms.