The journal Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Concepts is focusing its Summer, 2011 issue on “Race and the Food System” and has issued a call for papers. The deadline is November 15, 2010.
There are clearly many topics within this broad subject that might be of interest to those who would like to explore the intersections between race and ethnicity and exploitation by the meat industrial complex, either as employer or as supplier of food. Among the topics that are suggested (the list is not exclusive) are: “The worker/race construct of the meatpacking and poultry processing industry”; “The racial structure of poultry production (contractors, catchers, plants)” and; “The emerging racial/immigrant labor structure of the dairy industry.” Other topics that come to mind include food deserts, the effect of commodity subsidies on food availability based on race/ethnicity, varying health implications of an animal-centric diet based on race , etc., etc., etc.
Photo: Courtesy of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.