Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio celebrates the changemakers who are working to restore and revitalize our broken food and farming system. We balance the doom-and-gloom with real-life solutions for contributing to a sustainable future.


Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern: Racial (In)Justice, Immigration and Labor in the Food System

Can you understand something like food without considering politics, economics and social conditions? Professor Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern doesn’t think so. Catch her insights on this week’s episode of Rootstock Radio.

Tune in to hear about:

  • The lowdown on guest worker programs in agriculture: what they are, why they’re gaining popularity again—and why they’re problematic.
  • How social violence and economic exclusion in the marketplace turns farmers into migrant farm workers.
  • The history of farm workers being left out of progressive labor reforms like 40-hour work weeks and the right to unionize.
  • Hope! An opportunity emerging for immigrant farm workers as (predominantly) white farmers are retiring across the country.


 2019-03-04  28m