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A chard leaf surrounded by text,

A chard leaf with the caption, “Local and Organic Chard Can Be Delivered using a Smartphone or Tablet…But was it made possible through gentrification, farm-worker exploitation, or racial injustice?”

Dr. Amie “Breeze” Harper, a senior research analyst/strategist for Critical Diversity Solutions (CDS) and intersectional food justice theorist, writes about the gap between tech innovation, venture capital funding, foodie culture, and labor/human rights:

Most people who are into mainstream ‘foodie’ culture care more about their food being ‘local’, ‘fresh’, and ‘organic’ than if the food came to them through the abuse and exploitation of farm workers and other marginalized human workers in the food system.

Many foodies actually think organic and sustainable mean the treatment of human beings and non-human animals is ‘humane,’ which is false. What would be great to have from Blue Apron is a statement that acknowledges the need to be more critical about horrible treatment of human workers.

So far, such statements are no where on their site, however, once
again, it could very well be that investors do not want to appear to be ‘too political’ and prefer to be ‘post-racial’ and ‘post-class’. Yes,
their focus is not farm-workers or other food industry worker rights.

However, the silence around this is quite compelling because the fact is, foodie-tech start-ups could not exist without the human laborers in the food system.

However, I’m still always fascinated by the fact that millions of dollars can be poured into foodie-tech apps by venture
capitalists when food justice activists working in/for the poor and
communities of color, with hardly any resources, struggle like hell to create food security and/or sovereignty for themselves.

Read her full post over at her website, The Sistah Vegan Project.

7/30 UPDATE: Check out her update here, where Dr. Harper announces her theme for next year’s food justice conference.


energy-generating paver

What if you could charge your cell phone (or power your home) by dancing?

Well, you actually can.

A London-based company called Pavegen has created a tile (or energy-generating paver, is how I’m guessing the company name came to be) that creates and stores energy by simply walking (or dancing) on it.

The company deployed a 6-tile array of their tiles at a UK music festival and charged over 1100 mobile phones in one weekend, just by dancing.

The pavers (or tiles) could be placed in high-traffic areas such as train stations, malls, office buildings, and the like to power nearby lights, electronic signs, and more.

As a matter of fact, Pavegen tiles will be installed at a mall near the site of this summer’s London Olympics that will create enough energy to power half of the malls’ outdoor lights.

Check out the video for more info on how the Pavegen tiles work at Eco-Snobbery Sucks.

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