Nelson Mandela emancipated a people and did so in such a way that his actions also emancipated their oppressors. He did not do it alone but it could not have happened without him. He showed no hatred or vengeance toward those who had murdered, tortured and terrorized his nation for generations. He saved a country and set an example for the rest of us which, if we choose to follow, will lead us to a better world.
I’m Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and Cooked. For many years now, I’ve been passionately outspoken about the food justice movement, and low-wage workers represent a key front in the fight for fair and just food.
That’s why I hope you’ll join me and millions of MoveOn members across the country in expressing solidarity with the fast-food workers going on strike for fair wages today.
Those of us working in the food movement often speak of our economy’s unhealthy reliance on “cheap food.” But cheap food only seems cheap because the real costs of its production are hidden from us: the exploitation of food and farm workers, the brutalization of animals, and the undermining of the health of the soil, the water, and the atmosphere.
As a society, we’ve trapped ourselves in a kind of reverse Fordism. Instead of paying workers well enough so that they can afford good, honestly-priced products—as Henry Ford endeavored to do so that his workers might afford to buy his cars—we pay them so little that the only food they can afford is junk food destructive of their health and the environment’s.
If we are ever to right this wrong, to produce food sustainably and justly and sell it at an honest price, we will first have to pay people a living wage so that they can afford to buy it. Let’s start with the people who work so hard to feed us.
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Washington can become the first state to enact and enforce a strong GMO labeling law that would make it clear that consumers have the right to know what’s in our food.
In this, the most important GMO labeling fight in the country, Monsanto has put forth its best effort to flood the state with money and mislead voters.
Ballots are due TODAY. MoveOn members have joined thousands of volunteers across the state to contact voters and make the case for why labeling GMOs is the smart, safe choice for Washington. And tens of thousands of MoveOn members are casting their ‘yes’ votes for 522 tomorrow. Will you join them, defy Monsanto, and make sure you and your friends cast your ballots for GMO labeling today.