The Boston Public Market is officially open! The market has received national attention for a commitment to offering only locally produced goods; read on to learn about the efforts to make the market economically accessible and sustainable as well.
"Most major cities either have large public markets: Detroit’s Eastern Market, San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace, or Portland, Oregon’s James Beard Public Market, scheduled to open in 2018. While these markets are all champions of local food and farmers, none have taken their sourcing rules quite as far as Boston’s new market, Market Manager Tiffini Emig said. In Boston, all the goods sold from the market must come from or be produced in the surrounding area." ... See MoreSee Less
The New York Fast Food Wage Board has announced an increase in minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 statewide. While this legislation does not ensure living wages in the food industry across the board, nor for workers in other industries receiving minimum wage, it is exciting to see #Fightfor15 in New York come to fruition.
"According to the Fight for $15 campaign, two-thirds of fast food workers are supporting a family on average yearly wages of US$16,920. “I’m 83 and don’t want to have to work until I die,” says Jose Carillo, an employee of McDonald’s in New York City. 52 percent of fast food workers receive public assistance such as food stamps and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, compared to 25 percent of families in the entire workforce, according to a study by the University of California-Berkeley Labor Center.
On April 15, 2015, tens of thousands of people protested for higher wages, fair pay, and union’s rights, taking to the streets in 35 countries around the world. Fast food workers joined the protests in hundreds of cities.
The panel’s decision, a result of two-and-a-half years of grassroots organizing, resulted in celebrations in the streets of New York City. “It’s huge,” says Kendall Fells, the Fight for 15’s chief organizer. “It’s hard to believe, going back to that first one-day strike, with people saying, ‘They’re crazy. This is stupid.’ And now you have Governor Cuomo stepping up to help raise wages for 180,000, people.”" ... See MoreSee Less
This project is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Award 2011-68004-30044, Evaluating Innovation And Promoting Success In Community And Regional Food Systems.