Food System, United States, Raj Patel discussed on The Leonard Lopate Show

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The most popular vote and that emerges not because humans in nightly love chicken but because of a very peculiar capitalist history that has made made us eat billion of these things a year my guess is raj patel who with jason w more has written the history of the world in seven cheap things uh uh and uh the book is published by the university of california press uh so uh doesn't the phrase the isn't access seen items of benefit to most people will it again uh if you will on a low wage obviously expensive food is beyond your means but again look at it look at who these who's on low wages i mean even the majority of paying jobs in the in the top ten uh blois tangled in the united states majority of them are in the food system and this is near this deep irony that in order to keep off kgb we need work is to be paid pitifully little and then in order for them to be able to yes supplemental assistance and cheap food i mean that that that's a very very vicious circle of fifteen a dollar minimum wage is resisted in many circles fifteen dollars minimum wage is not very much money in today's economy particularly in this town i mean th that's the that's very far from a living wage in particular have you tried to raise a family fifteen miles an hour is not going to get you terribly far and that's why cheap food becomes one of the the sort of necessities cheap food and she'd gas a but the the sort of a bargains with the devil that letter that that the you come come with a low wage a d you is there an interrelationship between the seventh things sir you're writing about here his sheep uh uh uh that they will sit on top of one another and they're they're all gonna that they that their strategies all of them under you for example uh workers fight back then one can he has some things get substituted for another so when workers fight back in the united states for example cheapened in order to substitute work workers with machines what's the relationship between cheap work nature but so in order to me the the the natural world you turn itself into a cell phones and mcnuggets by itself you need workers different kinds of words i mean.

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