Every Thursday on Global Activism, we hear about an individual who's trying to make the world a better place.In China, food safety is a serious issue. Minxu Zhang is a Chinese student from Lake Forest College, who was in her home country this summer to establish a direct line of purch
This headline from the Chicago Tribune got our attention: 'Most feared' pest found in shipment at O'Hare. According to the story, "a cast skin and larva" later identified as Khapra beetles were discovered in two 10-pound bags of rice last week.As we looked around to learn more abo
In the public discourse around food, “sustainability” and “organic” are buzz words deployed by the so-called “conscious consumer.” But author and activist Oran Hesterman said during a stop in Chicago that he would rather have people move from being conscious consumers to engaged citizens: in other w
It’s dangerous to be an immigrant worker.So says a scholar who wants to shine a light on what farm labor does to the bodies of immigrants, largely responsible as they are for producing and harvesting the country’s food supply.The difficulties faced by immigrant farm laborers have been well documente
Throughout April and May, U.S. farmers faced floods, tornadoes, downpours and droughts — all of which made planting difficult. Now in June, intense heat has been sweeping over much of the country.The harsh weather likely will reduce the fall's harvest, according to a new report from the U.S.