Margaret Gray is Associate Professor of Political Science at Adelphi University.
"Gray has shifted our discussion of food ethics back to the humans who, by their hands, give us our daily bread." - Charles Thompson Jr.,, Labor Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas
"An inspiring example to current and future scholars of food and agriculture." - C. Clare Hinrichs, Agricultural History
"Labor and the Locavore represents a powerful corrective to a major shortcoming in the food politics movement. . . . Gray’s - Noah Zerbe, Labour-Le Travail
work shines a bright light on precisely this side of the equation and highlights the need for a comprehensive food ethic that encompasses both environmental and social justice."
"By teasing out the complications of a single sliver of the 'alternative' food system, Labor and the Locavore points the way forward for foodies." - Dissent
"Gray smartly argues that we must attend to the working conditions of individuals employed by farmers. . . . this book will be an eye-opening experience for anyone who cares about what they eat." - Abby Dubisar, Women, Food, and Ag Network
"Gray compiled a vivid picture of the living and working conditions of farmworkers in the Hudson Valley. . . . She reminds us that a progressive transformation of our global and local food systems cannot be achieved without securing justice for all food workers." - Tom Angotti, Progressive Planning
"Labor and the Locavore combines a wide-ranging historical perspective with the insights of contemporary fieldwork... Gray's tenacious commitment to examining the broad context of persistence and change in the injustices experienced by Northeast farmworkers offers an inspiring example to current and future scholars of food and agriculture." - Agricultural History
"Gray deftly crafts her arguments . . . This book is exceptionally researched and would make an excellent and challenging addition to - Russell C. Hedberg II, Agriculture and Human Values
undergraduate courses on sustainability as well as graduate courses in public scholarship."
"An important contribution to the discussion of alternatives to the conventional food system." - Fred Magdoff, Green Left Weekly
"Gray is a nuanced, thorough and evenhanded writer, which makes her argument all the more convincing." - NY 1
"[An] excellent book . . . broad and balanced." - Kia Sanger, Labor Studies Journal
"Gray exposes the stark reality of farm labor conditions in the Hudson Valley’s regional food economy . . . An important contribution to the literature on social justice in agriculture." - Christy Getz, New Labor Forum
"Gray illuminates issues that even the most thoughtful among us have been turning a blind eye toward regarding the experience of many farm workers." - Suzanne Cope, Food, Culture, and Society
"Gripping reading . . . Gray’s success in uncovering injustice within the locavore movement in the Hudson River Valley is irrefutable." - Eric Buzzetti, Perspectives on Politics
"Labor and the Locavore is a timely and important antidote to much of today’s popular food writing. . . . I definitely recommend the book." - Julie Guthman, Progress in Human Geography
"As Margaret Gray discusses in her excellent book, 'Labor and the Locavore,' we cannot achieve ethical consistency in producing food without paying attention to labor. . . . For food to be affordable, people — all people — must earn living wages; alternatively, good food must be subsidized. Both conditions would be even better." - Mark Bittman, New York Times, The Opinion Pages