"The Vietnamese have a resilient legacy

who, adamant in their beliefs, remarkably resisted the Chinese, the French and the Americans to preserve their identity. So why stop at Monsanto?" - Alison Caldwell

Articles & Papers by Alison Caldwell

From Agent Orange to GMO's in Vietnam

Upon exiting the Agent Orange exhibit at the War Remnant Museum in Ho Chi Mihn City, stop, exhale and take a deep breath of fresh air to leverage the unease in your stomach. Proceed 600 meters down the street past the farmer in the bamboo hat selling her mangostenes and sugar cane, make a quick right, then left turn, and find yourself at the doorstep of the American chemical and seed giant,...

“Will Tweet For Food” in Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World

Walking through Midtown Manhattan at lunchtime, Union Square in the early evening, or the West Village late at night, it is difficult not to notice a subtle yet stirring culinary uprising in the streets of New York City. There is a collective clamor, online and offline, about a new street food trend with an elevated artisanal design- the microblogging mobile food truck.

Child Labor, Cocoa Distribution, and the Global Supply Chain.

“Economics can be made more productive by paying explicit attention to ethical considerations that shape human behavior and judgments.” –Amartya Sen... Since the era of colonization, when cocoa beans where transplanted from South America to the tropical equator in the Global South, cocoa has steadily taken hold of the western palate and the corporate pocket...

Coconut Oil, Friendly Fat or Foe?

The coagulated, translucent, and grainy-yet- smooth texture thankfully welcomed me with a fragrance that sent me to a white sand beach, with a golden tan, and a piña colada in my hand. I was told that this would work, get the job done, and “keep it off;” my weight that is. A friend, after all, reported to me that it regulated her thyroid after just 6 months, and that the miracle benefits of the tablespoon I was about to love and despise in one bite would change my life...

Raising Kosher

Before the processing, or the slaughter, animals must be reared. For the majority of the kosher slaughterhouses, animal livestock are bred on what’s known as a concentrated animal feed operation (CAFO). CAFOs are well documented for the harm they cause to the welfare of the animal, workers, and the environment. Their practices are equally if not more ethically questionable then that of a processing plant... The ethics of kosher meat certification are then two fold. On the one had there is the slaughter, and on the other there the rearing.

Bottleneck of Inequity

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." -Aldo Leopold...In industrial agriculture, trade-offs in the form of externalities aren’t always recognized. They are the downsides that are not factored into the cost of doing agri-business. From seed to consumer, and grain to grocery, the consequences of industrial agriculture are often considered wicked problems...

Global Urban Organics

Sustainable food communities are emerging globally as a result of a highly industrialized food system. Food choices and pro-action surrounding organic and sustainable food have the potential to effect peoples sense of identity and food habits, creating shifts in patterns both closer and away from their cultural food traditions. Ultimately, such grassroots food reform is a call to action both individually and environmentally...

Table to Farm: urban composting analysis

Throughout the 1800’s in New York City, poor swill children, as they were known, would go from house to house and collect food rubbish, turn it into fertilizer, and sell it for a profit. Such public food waste processing is rooted in the history of New York City. Even before swill children, there were pigs. Historically, food waste had been tossed out of household windows and onto to the street, and fed to roaming animals like goats, hogs, and wild dogs. It’s estimated that tens of thousands of swine roamed the streets up to the mid nineteenth century...