Food Sovereignty and notions of sustainability are experiencing a renaissance in public discourse — I say this with the caveat that I am speaking about Western/Northern countries; the global south and Indigenous communities have used traditional cultivation practices throughout time. From the 1970s onward, the pace at which industrialized nations transitioned towards industrial agriculture was swift and aided by governmental deference for business, resulting in corporate agriculture — or Agrifood. Frustratingly, the transition away from industrial farming in economically dominant nations has moved at a glacial pace, taking decades to shift back around towards reciprocal stewardship.
Salmon graces the menus of hundreds of Portland restaurants — lovingly poached in butter, pan seared with tarragon, or grilled with a fresh wring of lemon, coaxing consumers with its bright sunset colored hue. Reminiscent of the wild waters and streams in which it swam, it is evocative of its mountainous and wooded locale. Portland, Oregon is squarely situated in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, sharing the Columbia River with Washington state. For those culinarily inclined, Oregon is overflowing with natural bounty — and here, Salmon is King.
Many Portlanders feel an affinity, nay a connection to this…
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the incongruent rhetoric between the WHO guidelines and the treatment of agricultural labourers in EU member states and the US states. As the pandemic spread, WHO recommended that individuals maintain a social distance of 1 to 2 metres. However, housing and working conditions in the horticultural sector are not conducive to social distancing measures (Perez, 2020; Murray, 2020; Grant, 2020; Paun, 2020). The precarity of this workforce is largely migrants who endure poor conditions, are beholden to restrictive labour contracts, lack advocates in case of emergencies (such as Covid-19), and routinely work to live.