Farm to financial fair play

Illustration by TK

Part of my personal ethical dilemma with the growing foodie culture in the United States pertains to values. It seems that fetishizing the consumption of good food is the ultimate way to achieve any sort of foodie credibility—creating a value system that largely ignores problems with farm labor. Yes, I enjoy eating and judging foodstuffs as much as the next foodie. But it's also important to talk about our nation's food supply chain, which is fraught with human rights violations, according to the makers of the documentary Food Chains. A free screening of the 2014 film (6 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, at Bayside Church of South Sacramento, 6524 44th Street), is organized by Opening Doors Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to empowering underserved Sacramento communities. Food Chains primarily focuses on the story of the Fair Food Program, created by a group called the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in an attempt end human rights violations in the tomato fields in Florida. Learn more at