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The Associated Press reports three out of four farm workers were born abroad and more than half are illegal immigrants. Consumers need to be connected to this aspect of the production cycle. Let's use the platform of educating consumers to bring awar

The Associated Press reports three out of four farm workers were born abroad and more than half are illegal immigrants. Consumers need to be connected to this aspect of the production cycle. Let's use the platform of educating consumers to bring awar

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chloe commented on 3D Recipe Boxes

great concept and interesting comments! I would also love this, as I usually go to the store without a shopping list (bad idea), get impatient and end up buying random items that i can't make into a full meal.

It would also be cool to connect this to restaurants serving local dishes - a line of the 3D boxes could be ingredients and recipes for dishes on their menus - great advertising and gives some credibility to the recipe.

One thing I wonder is how to do this with minimal packaging? It would be hard to protect all the veggies or meat without lots of plastic. Maybe re-useable produce bags could be incorporated into the box?

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chloe commented on Facing Farm Hands

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, even as I wrote the concept...I didn't want to make it sound too political, but it is such an important issue. I think the "Adopt a Camp" sounds like a really great program, it seems to bring people together out of a desire to aid one another, regardless of the migrant's status. There are some similar organizations in the US, but it seems very difficult to broach the subject in schools or public venues without it polarizing people.

I guess its a gradual process, like you said...I wonder if by celebrating a "healthy" production cycle without vilifying anyone, you could avoid direct blame and just encourage producers and corporations to conform to consumer demands (assuming consumers demand a more transparent production system)?

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chloe commented on The treatment of a tomato

I think this is a great way of not only exposing people to how poorly our food is treated on its way to our plate, but to the often brutal working conditions of those who are picking it. Associating food production with not just the quaint farmer, but with the countless number of struggling field workers is an important part of consumer education.

I can imagine this as a fun film that could be shown to kids in school. Putting it in the perspective of a tomato also allows for more difficult subject matter to be discussed in a non-threatening manner, nice idea!