The Spanish city of Valencia sits under a blanket of ash, as two converging fires continue to devour the eastern coast of the country. Since the blaze ignited last week, more than 45,000 hectares of land have been destroyed, forcing upwards of 2,000 people to flee their homes.
Food is a funny thing. For the whole of human history there has been only one thing to say about it. Can I have some more please? Post-war developments in agriculture overcame many productivity limits and we entered an era of abundance, at least in the developed west. This should be a cause for celebration but instead a series of panics have ensued which have undermined people’s faith in the modern food system.
Last week the American satirist Stephen Colbert, of The Colbert Report, was invited to offer his thoughts on the problem of illegal migrant farm workers to the House Judiciary Sub-Committee in a hearing entitled ‘Protecting America’s Harvest’. There are currently 12 million people living and working largely low-skilled manual labor jobs in the United States [...]
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