Now in a thoroughly revised and updated edition, Tangled Routes offers a vivid interdisciplinary examination of the global food system through the journey of a corporate tomato. Through case studies in the three NAFTA countries-Mexico, the United States, and Canada-Deborah Barndt examines the dynamic relationships between production and consumption, work and technology, biodiversity and cultural diversity, and health and environment. The compelling stories of women workers along the tomato trail humanize her analysis of globalization, taking into account the intersections of gender, race, class, family status, and north-south relations.
Deborah Barndt is professor of environmental studies at York University in Toronto. A photographer and activist, she has worked with social justice movements in Canada, the United States, and Central America for over forty years.
Introduction: Roots and Routes Chapter 1: Across Space and through Time: Tomatl Meets the Corporate Tomato Chapter 2: Frames and Filters: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches Chapter 3: Arch Deluxe with a Smile: Women Never Stop at McDonald's Chapter 4: You Can Count on Us: Scanning Cashiers at Loblaws Supermarkets Chapter 5: On the Move for Food: Truckers and Transnational Migrants Chapter 6: Picking and Packing for the North: Agricultural Workers at Empaque Santa Rosa Chapter 7: Crossing Sectors and Borders: Weaving a Holistic Analysis Chapter 8: Signs of Hope: Taking Action for Justice and Sustainability