52 Profiles on Agroecology: Main Street Project

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For more than a decade, Main Street Project has been working to create new possibilities for the growing numbers of rural Latino immigrants stranded in low-wage farming and food industry jobs with no benefits and no future. We tried developing training programs for specialized and advanced skills which, in theory, could help these workers leverage new job opportunities and increase their incomes. In practice, however, we discovered that our “modern” industrial food system was built largely on a foundation of low-wage labour, public subsidy and externalized environmental costs, and no amount of training was going to fundamentally change that. We didn’t just need a new approach, we needed a new system.

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