More Than One Meaning of “Chain” in Food Chains, a Documentary Film


  • Jane Kolodinsky University of Vermont



Documentary, Movie, Film, Motion Picture, Farmworkers


First paragraph:

On November 18, 2014, I had the opportunity to see an advance screening of Food Chains, a documentary from the producers of Fast Food Nation and Food, Inc. (It was released in the U.S. on November 21.) The film is about the long and arduous journey of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to win rights — basic rights — as farmworkers. The film was shown at the American Public Health Association (APHA) meetings in New Orleans, sponsored by the Food and Environment Working Group at APHA and hosted by Healthy Food Action. Worker rights have a lot to do with public health. But the film serves a much bigger audience. It can be used as a transdisciplinary starting point for discussion by scholars and practitioners in the food system who are interested in health, worker safety, food justice, labor laws, unlikely partners, and economic power and concentration in the food industry...


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Author Biography

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont

Jane Kolodinsky is professor and chair of the University of Vermont Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, and is director of the UVM Center for Rural Studies.
Image from Food Chain$ movie



How to Cite

Kolodinsky, J. (2014). More Than One Meaning of “Chain” in Food Chains, a Documentary Film. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(1), 197–198.





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