Library Resources

  1. Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: migrant farmworkers in the United States by Seth M. Holmes, PhD, MD; with a foreword by Philippe Bourgois. An anthropologist and MD in the mold of Paul Farmer and Didier Fassin, Holmes shows how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care.
  2. The Farmworkers' Journey by Ann Aurelia López. "In a state renowned for its agricultural abundance, 6.4 million people live in households that experience hunger or food insecurity. This figure includes about 2.5 million low-income children for whom hunger results in poor health and poor academic performance (p. 145)."
  3. Ground Operations [Video recording]: Battlefields to Farmfields. This film champions veterans who are restoring their own lives and revitalizing their communities through sustainable agriculture. Their new mission is healthy food security for families across this country.
  4. Small-Scale Grain Raising by Gene Logsdon "Homegrown grains: the key to food security"
  5. The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan. The author traces the rise of supermarkets and demonstrates how Walmart came to dominate not only food retail but distribution, too. She argues that, in certain neighborhoods, this can lead to higher, not lower, prices. "So far as I can tell, changing what's on our plates simply isn't feasible without changing far more. Wages, health care, work hours and kitchen literacy are just as critical to changing our diets as the agriculture we practice or the places at which we shop (p.231)."