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Food logistics for the people! Pt. 2 of interview with Errol Schweizer [TRAILER]

Season 4, Ep. 17

Here's the rest of the interview with Errol Shweizer! You can listen to the whole episode on Patreon.

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    There's a saying in food justice: "There's plenty of food to feed everyone! The problem is distribution." But when we talk about reforming the food system, farms get all the spotlight. We rarely focus on distribution- even though we know it's the key to solving hunger. How does food get from the farm to people? Who decides where crops should go? Wow do those decisions trickle down to the place where most Americans get their food- retail grocery stores?Errol Schweizer joins the pod to talk food systems, reform, and how some of the most lauded food reformers in America missed their goals by ignoring nuts-and-bolts distribution issues. If you like nerdy deep dives into topics that don't normally get much attention, this episode is for you! This interview is a two-part series. The second half releases on Farm to Taber's Patreon later this month.Errol Schweizer writes and podcasts about food systems, based on over 20 years in food handling and distribution.Transcript
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  • 14. Ag & tech workplace culture with the Nightingales

    I ran into the Nightingales a few years ago on Twitter. They've spent years working to make jobs more humane (and even succeeding!) It quickly became clear that we're running into a lot of the same workplace problems in our respective industries. But how? I'm in agriculture, and they're in tech! What's going on? We talk about how sucky jobs in any industry are a choice, making them not suck is a process, and what that process looks like.TranscriptLinks:Dr. Zeynep Ton's book "The Good Jobs Strategy"The World's Best NewsletterNightingales on social media:LinkedIn: Melissa, JohnathanTwitter (RIP): Johnathan, Melissa
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  • 9. King Cotton, Jim Crow, and Pellagra

    Accounts of the US food system take it for granted that it used to all be nice little family farms, until agribusiness suddenly changed it all in the 20th century. But corn monoculture, feedlots, and cheap bulk commodities didn't come out of nowhere in modern times- they've always been the core of US agriculture!This episode traces the origins of today's food system back to its origins: slavery, and most importantly, Jim Crow. These institutions laid the foundation for northern agriculture, where "nice" little family farms that grew food for plantations. Both regions were oriented towards large-scale export commerce, self-sufficiency played surprisingly little role, and this helps explain why our food system looks the way it does today.Transcript Full bibliography Main sources for this episode: Larding the Lean Earth, Steven Stoll Accounting for Slavery, Caitlin Rosenthal Dun, James Alexander. 2005. “What Avenues of Commerce, Will You, Americans, Not Explore!”: Commercial Philadelphia’s Vantage onto the Early Haitian Revolution. William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, The Atlantic Economy in an Era of Revolutions (Jul 2005), 62(3):473-504. American Trade with European Colonies in the Caribbean and South America, 1790-1812. John H. Coatsworth. William and Mary Quarterly, April 1967, vol 24 no. 2, pp 243-266. Politics and pellagra: the epidemic of pellagra in the US in the early twentieth century. A.J. Bollet. 1992. Yale Journal of Biological Medicine 65(3):211-221. The Souls of Black Folk. 1903. W.E.B. Du Bois. A. C. McClurg and Co. Chapter 9: Of The Sons of Master and Man. Commod Bods and Frybread Power: Government Food Aid in American Indian Culture. Dana Vantrease. 2013. The Journao of American Folklore 126(499):55-69. Available at Rural Rent Wars of the 1840s. Matthew Wills. Sept 1 2020. JSTOR Daily. Available at