Seasonal Workers in Mediterranean Agriculture

Seasonal Workers in Mediterranean Agriculture

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Over the last three decades there has been a rapid expansion of intensive production of fresh fruit and vegetables in the Mediterranean regions of south and west Europe. Much of this depends on migrating workers for seasonal labour, including from Eastern Europe, North Africa and Latin America. This book is the first to address global agro-migration complexes across the region. It is argued that both intensive agricultural production and related working conditions are highly dynamic. Regional patterns have developed from small-scale family farming to become an industrialized part of the global agri-food system, which increasingly depends on seasonal labour. Simultaneously, consumer demand for year-round supply has caused relocations of the industry within Europe; areas of intensive greenhouse production have moved further south and even into North Africa. The authors investigate this Mediterranean agri-food system that transcends borders and is largely constituted by invisible seasonal work. By revealing the story of food commodities loaded with implications of private profit seeking, exploitation, exclusion and multiple insecurities, the book unmasks the hidden costs of fresh food provisioning. Three case study areas are considered in detail: the French region of Provence, a traditional centre of fresh fruit and vegetable cultivation; the Spanish AlmerAsa region where intensive production has, accelerated dramatically since the 1970s; and Morocco where counter-seasonal production has recently been expanding. The book also includes commentaries that refer to complemetary insights on US-Mexico, Philippines-Canada and South Pacific mobilities.(2011) Migration in the global political economy, Lynne Reimer Publishers, Boulder, CO/London Piccinini, ... The second industrial divide, Basic Books, New York Planet Retail (2012) a#39;Global Retail Rankings 2012/Grocery (EUR)a#39;, planetretail.net (accessed 14 June 2013) Plewa, ... (2011) Safeguarding food security in volatile global markets, Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome Preibisch, K. (2010)anbsp;...


Title:Seasonal Workers in Mediterranean Agriculture
Author: Jörg Gertel, Sarah Ruth Sippel
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-04-03
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