Sea Urchins, Labor Rights, and the Unifying Power of Food (Video)


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The Perennial Plate
is on fire right now. Having explored off-grid farming in the caves of Utah; finding wild food in the mountains of New Mexico
, and (controversially) trapping and killing feral pigs in Texas, Daniel and Mirra talk with two inspirational characters that know a thing or two about the value of hard work. From the fisherman, diver and local economy advocate, to the former agricultural laborer turned organizer and community gardener, we are reminded once more that the local economy cannot be measured in food miles alone.

The Perennial Plate Episode 62: A day in the Life from Daniel Klein on Vimeo.

I've always been a little squeamish about seafood—and shellfish in particular. So the detailed description of sea urchins as edible gonads did little to whet my appetite. But the passion, conviction and cheerful optimism of Jason Woods is infectious indeed.

"I'll be the guy to say that there's no fire in the theater," he exclaims - referring, presumably, to our recent financial woes. "We just need to come back down and do a little work."

Meanwhile Alberta Salazar, a former agricultural laborer from Oaxaca, explains how she came to fight for farm workers rights, and to build community through the power of gardening. As the two stories converge for a delicious looking feast, it's just one more reminder from the Perennial Plate gang that food has the power to bring people together like almost nothing else on earth.

"This was a good day on the road", say Daniel and Mirra, "where the story of food, labor and community in America unfolded."

Amen to that.

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