The Myth that Farmers are Well Fed, and the Reality of Food Insecurity among Vermont's Agricultural Laborers
Keywords:Labor, Farmworkers, Immigration, Food Insecurity
Based on six years of community-based ethnographic research, Teresa M. Mares’ Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont takes readers on a journey of understanding the facets of food security, from its theoretical underpinnings to its felt experiences from agricultural laborers in the dairy industry. This book uses several different entry points into the complex issue of border (in)security and the implications of the current national sentiments toward undocumented immigrants. Mares’ research reinforces the notion that standardized measurements are insufficient to tell the story, and that there is always more than meets the eye when it comes to the bucolic images of Vermont and its revered agricultural industry. This book illustrates the importance of entering places where food insecurity is felt and of getting close to the people whose problems we want to solve in order to be effective. . . .
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