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What Are We Really Eating? Reporter Goes Undercover to Reveal the Real Story of Our Broken Food System


Green Lifestyle  (tags: diet, health, food, Sustainabililty, sustainable, interesting, coolstuff, eco-friendly )

Cal
- 937 days ago - alternet.org
Tracie McMillan talks about her new book and how she went undercover as a farmhand and worker at Walmart and Applebee's.



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NicoleAWAY W. (631)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 7:18 am
yuck
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 7:59 am
An interesting article. I am not surprized by the things she said. Man's greed knows no bounds!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 8:16 am
knowledge is not power its empowering lets be empowered to change
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

Sue H. (7)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 8:32 am
Very disturbing.

 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 9:05 am
For anyone who has worked on a farm; or harvested fruits and vegetables then you know how hard the work is. I have. I can attest to the mind numbing work that she wrote about while working at Walmart; a store I have never set foot in; but I had various jobs where the conditions were the same, even with a union at times.
The sad part is that working in the fields or working at Walmart probably pays more than many laborers in third world countries make in a year. In many of those countries they make approximately $2.50 a day; the same wage they were making fifteen years ago. Meanwhile the cost of living has escalated 1500%. That's the good old IMF policies hard at work. Bankrupt the socio/economic and natural resources from a country while at the same time creating an indentured servant class who work for subsistence wages producing goods that they can never afford. I have Bruce Cockburn's lyrics from "They Call It Democracy" on my wall that I see every day to remind me of how good I have it when I feel like bitching about my job. I'd say it's time for a change in this world.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 9:12 am
Just as a tangential addendum it is all fine and well to save the rainforests; the oceans and the coral reefs. I believe and suport that. However, it is also necessary to provide viable; logical alternatives for the indigeneous peoples. Sometimes we have to put our money where our mouth is. It would be nice if the UN; the EU, China, Russia and the rest of the world took responsibilty for all negative energy; pollution and violent tribal/relgious/ideological stupidity that have reduced our world to the mess it's in.
On the other hand charity begins at home Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister. Try to balance your charitable donations two to one when contributing: double the amount for local charities in your area. Just some food for thought.
 

. (0)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 10:51 am
Noted, thank you.
 

Robert O. (12)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 10:56 am
Thanks.
 

brittany h. (16)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 3:08 pm
very interesting, ty
 

pam w. (191)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 3:19 pm
Farming is hard work and employers should pay decent wages, treat workers humanely, etc.

HOWEVER...nobody crossed the border and dragged illegals here to do stoop labor! These people contribute to the problem just by being here.

Like many social problems...it's complicated.


 

linda g. (3)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 5:19 pm
Seek out and support local farmers' markets. Cooking with unboxed imgredients should return as a required class in public/private schools/
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 5:59 pm
Thanks Cal. As Pam W. wrote, "it's complicated". More consumers, more complications. Chaos for breakfast anyone?
 

Gloria Morotti (14)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 6:02 pm
Fascinating to be undercover. One learns so much more. So much to be learned in our broken food system.
 

Carol H. (229)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 6:54 pm
noted, thank you Cal
 

Bill Eagle (32)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 7:31 pm
I heard Tracy being interviewed. She really didn't say terribly bad things about Applebys, other than you could make food just as good at home for less. My feeling at the time was "sure" but I eat in a restaurant because I don't want to take time to prepare food at home.
 

KS Goh (0)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 1:44 am
Thanks for the article.
 

wendi huffman (4)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 8:45 am
noted & thanks for sharing
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 9:01 am
When you eat out or buy your food in boxes you never know what you are eating.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 12:57 pm
It happens in gthe UK too, unfortunately.
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 1:51 pm
Thanks.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 4:23 pm
Ever heard of Upton Sinclair and Tobin's First Prize floor sweepings sausages? This is NOTHING new!
 

Melissa Chapman (284)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 5:31 pm
About her time working under-cover at Wall mart she writes, "There's something really sobering when what you're aspiring to is that if you stick it out at $10, $11, $12 an hour you're going to get a lifetime 10-percent discount card."
And people are supposed to live on this? I can PROUDLY say that I have never set foot in a Walmart.
 

Diane Piecara (14)
Monday February 27, 2012, 2:47 am
There is a book by Barbara Ehrenreich called Nickel and Dimed. She also went undercover for a year working at Walmart, at a nursing home, and as a waitress. It validates why people with full-time jobs are unable to get by in the US. It is a good read.
 

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Monday February 27, 2012, 5:07 am
What I took away from this was two things: first, that the penalties for violating standards aren't strict enough, and second, that people need to be educated about food in school.
 

Tamago Kitty (0)
Monday February 27, 2012, 6:55 am
Thanks for article.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday February 27, 2012, 11:20 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Kim Crumpler (26)
Monday February 27, 2012, 12:50 pm
noted
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday February 27, 2012, 4:23 pm
Great article. Thanks.
 

Chris Weaver (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 3:41 am
Upton Sinclair wrote about such things about a century ago. Or, as the Republican field of candidates might call it, the Good Old Days.
 
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