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Women Working The NAFTA Food Chain

Women, Food, and Globalization

edited by Deborah Barndt

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women's studies, labor, agriculture & food
list price: $44.95
category: Social Science
published: 1999
imprint: Women's Press

This collection of compelling and original research makes connections in Canada, the US and Mexico among women who work in fast-food restaurants, supermarkets and agricultural production. The fourteen chapters take a critical look at how the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has affected these women's working and living conditions, sharpening our understanding of how the workplace has been restructured in order to fulfill consumer demands for tomatoes, exotic flowers and fruits, as well as fast-food burgers and fries. Food activists in Latin America, the US and Canada propose alternatives to counteract the oppressive conditions of free trade and globalization.

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Deborah Barndt teaches in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. She has worked in social justice and popular education programs in Latin America, the US and Canada over the past twenty-five years.

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Editorial Review

"An incisive and compelling examination of the ways in which women produce, resist and re-invent within the structures and traditions of the increasingly globalized agrifood system. A simultaneously disturbing and hopeful story."— “Patricia Allen, Associate Director for Sustainable Food Systems, University of California

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Deborah Barndt

Deborah Barndt is Professor and Coordinator of the Community Arts Practice (CAP) Program in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. She is the author ofTangled Routes: Women, Work, and Globalization on the Tomato Trail, Second Edition and editor ofWild Fire: Art as Activism.
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