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JAFSCD-Cover-Vol6-Issue2-LoResJournal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD)


Volume 6, Issue 2 / Winter 2015-2016

ISSN 2152-0801 (online)





Labor in the Food System from Farm to Table

INFAS-LogoThis special-topic issue is sponsored by INFAS, the Inter-institutional Network for Food and Agricultural Sustainability, and includes an editorial and a commentary by INFAS members. Due to its generosity, the issue is open access — a subscription is not needed and all content is freely and publicly available!


On the cover: Farmworker Pedro Casiano picks grapes to be dried in the sun for raisins in the Fresno, California, raisin district in 2007. He was working with his family in the vineyard during a furlough from the U.S. Army. He eventually signed up for six more years with the Army and served two tours in Iraq. (Photo copyright © 2007 by Duncan Hilchey.)

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Complete Volume 6 Issue 2

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Amy Christian

Cover and Table of Contents

1 Cover and Table of Contents
Amy Christian


1 In This Issue: Labor in the Food System, from Farm to Table
Patricia Allen


1 THE ECONOMIC PAMPHLETEER: Rethinking the Value of Work
John Ikerd
2 DIGGING DEEPER: The Many Uses of a New Report on Food Systems Assessments
Kate Clancy

Open Call Paper

1 Food Safety and Food Security: Mapping Relationships
Wanda Martin and Kathleen Perkin

Commentaries on Labor

The commentary by Anna Erwin was originally submitted for the summer 2015 issue of JAFSCD featuring commentaries on race and ethnicity in the food system. The author generously allowed us to include it in this issue on labor.


1 Labor in the Food System: A View from INFAS
Joanna Friesner
2 Pondering Farmworker Justice: The Visible and Invisible Borders of Social Change
Anna Erwin

Labor Call Papers

The papers on labor in this issue are Open Access — freely and publicly available — courtesy of the sponsorship of INFAS, the Inter-Institutional Network for Food and Agricultural Sustainability.


1 Paid Work, Unpaid Work, and Economic Viability in Alternative Food Initiatives. Reflections from Three Boston Urban Agriculture Endeavors
Carole Biewener
2 The Role of Food Workers in Food Safety: A Policy Analysis of the U.S. 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act
Megan L. Clayton, Katherine Clegg Smith, Lainie Rutkow, and Roni A. Neff
3 Cultivating Equitable Ground: Community-based Participatory Research To Connect Food Movements with Migrant Farmworkers
Anelyse M. Weiler, Charles Z. Levkoe, and Carolyn Young
4 Agricultural Exceptionalism at the State Level: Characterization of Wage and Hour Laws for U.S. Farmworkers
Sarah O. Rodman, Colleen L. Barry, Megan L. Clayton, Shannon Frattaroli, Roni A. Neff. and Lainie Rutkow
5 After the Incubator: Factors Impeding Land Access Along the Path from Farmworker to Proprietor
Adam Calo and Kathryn Teigen De Master
6 Forging Links Between Food Chain Labor Activists and Academics
Charles Z. Levkoe, Nathan McClintock, Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Amy K. Coplen, Jennifer Gaddis, Joann Lo, Felipe Tendick-Matesanz, and Anelyse M. Weiler
7 "We Just Have To Continue Working": Farmworker Self-care and Heat-related Illness
Michael D. Courville, Gail Wadsworth, and Marc Schenker
8 #LivingOffTips: Reframing Food System Labor Through Tipped Workers' Narratives of Subminimum Wage Exploitation
Kathleen P. Hunt
9 Transformations in Agricultural Non-waged Work: From Kinship to Intern and Volunteer Labor: A Research Brief
Michael Ekers and Charles Z. Levkoe
10 The Good Food Purchasing Policy: A Tool to Intertwine Worker Justice with a Sustainable Food System
Joann Lo and Alexa Delwiche
11 Situating On-farm Apprenticeships within the Alternative Agrifood Movement: Labor and Social Justice Implications
Lorien E. MacAuley and Kim L. Niewolny
12 The Exceptional One Percent: U.S. Farmworker and Business Owner
Michael J. Pisani and Joseph M. Guzman
13 Justice Issues Facing Family-Scale Farmers and Their Laborers in the Northeastern United States
Becca Berkey and Tania Schusler
14 Making Visible the People Who Feed Us: Educating for Critical Food Literacy Through Multicultural Texts
Lina Yamashita and Diana Robinson
15 The Good Food Jobs Nexus: A Strategy for Promoting Health, Employment, and Economic Development
Nicholas Freudenberg, Michele Silver, Lesley Hirsch, and Nevin Cohen


1 The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Future Food Systems
David V. Fazzino II
2 Evaluating the Impacts of Food Systems
Charles Francis and Amy Swoboda
3 Anchors in a Globalizing World
Kimberley Curtis
4 A Whole-Systems Design Approach to City Living
Sharon Ferguson and Jillian Ferguson

Banner photos include a Cape Cod cranberry bog; a cranberry “screen house” used to grade fresh cranberries; farmland near Lake Placid, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains; Montmorency cherry trees on the Mission Peninsula of northern Michigan; the historic Round Barn in the South Mountain Apple Belt of Adams County, Pennsylvania; the “Sea of Grapes” district of the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt, near Erie, Penn; a field of cabbages near Shortsville, NY, home to one of the world’s largest sauerkraut factories. All photos copyright by Duncan Hilchey.


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