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Cows, Land, and Labor Conference :: Dartmouth College

Cows, Land, and Labor: Local Farming in a Globalized World Conference

"The predominance of cows in the New England agricultural economy and their impact on the land and human capital makes it an ideal subject for our conference. Vermont, New Hampshire, Upstate New York, and Western Massachusetts have long histories of dairy production, with organic and conventional milk production strongly shaping the economy of our immediate surroundings. Farmers interested in carbon sequestration have also been active in New England in an effort to return vital nutrients to a once-rich landscape that still has potential. In general, cows and bovine-related industry have been a proving ground for new technologies, labor agreements, and products that have shaped attitudes about social and environmental justice. We will explore the unique identity of this region and its vibrant farming community to think collectively about the consequences of livestock agriculture in the Northeast United States."

More information about the presenters and the schedule may be found HERE.

Free and open to the public. The Norwich Bookstore will be on hand with books by the presenters for purchase.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty; Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies; Environmental Studies and Science, Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, Pace University; Food Solutions New England; Leslie Family

Event date: 
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 8:30am to Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
Hanover Inn & Filene Auditorium
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
Food Across Borders Cover Image
By Matt Garcia (Editor), E. Melanie DuPuis (Editor), Don Mitchell (Editor), E. Melanie DuPuis (Contributions by), Matt Garcia (Contributions by), Don Mitchell (Contributions by), Meredith E. Arbaca (Contributions by), Katherine Massoth (Contributions by), José Antonio Vásquez-Medina (Contributions by), Tanachai Mark Padoongpatt (Contributions by), William Carleton (Contributions by), Kellen Backer (Contributions by), Mary Murphy (Contributions by), Michael Wise (Contributions by), Teresa M. Mares (Contributions by), Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland (Contributions by), Jessie Mazar (Contributions by), Kathleen Sexsmith (Contributions by), Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern (Contributions by), Marygold Walsh-Dilley (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780813591971
Availability: Special Order (email to check availability)
Published: Rutgers University Press - October 17th, 2017

The act of eating defines and redefines borders. What constitutes “American” in our cuisine has always depended on a liberal crossing of borders, from “the line in the sand” that separates Mexico and the United States, to the grassland boundary with Canada, to the imagined divide in our collective minds between “our” food and “their” food.

Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520295735
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Published: University of California Press - April 16th, 2019

In her timely new book, Teresa M. Mares explores the intersections of structural vulnerability and food insecurity experienced by migrant farmworkers in the northeastern borderlands of the United States.

Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579654252
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Published: Artisan - May 2nd, 2011

Selection of the Crafters’ Choice Book Club

Beautiful natural dyes from plants found in the wild or grown in your own backyard.

Nature's Perfect Food: How Milk Became America's Drink Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814719381
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Published: New York University Press - February 1st, 2002

For over a century, America's nutrition authorities have heralded milk as "nature's perfect food," as "indispensable" and "the most complete food." These milk "boosters" have ranged from consumer activists, to government nutritionists, to the American Dairy Council and its ubiquitous milk moustache ads. The image of milk as wholesome and body-building has a long history, but is it accurate?

They Saved the Crops: Labor, Landscape, and the Struggle Over Industrial Farming in Bracero-Era California (Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation #10) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820341767
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Published: University of Georgia Press - April 1st, 2012

At the outset of World War II, California agriculture seemed to be on the cusp of change. Many Californians, reacting to the ravages of the Great Depression, called for a radical reorientation of the highly exploitative labor relations that had allowed the state to become such a productive farming frontier.

Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603585361
Availability: Backordered (email to check availability)
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 31st, 2014

For decades it has been nearly universal dogma among environmentalists and health advocates that cattle and beef are public enemy number one.

But is the matter really so clear cut? Hardly, argues environmental lawyer turned rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman in her new book, Defending Beef.