"Don’t call us heroes": Life on a Production Line
Thanks so much for this.
Reminds me of a few things.
1. Upton Sinclair. The Jungle. An expose of conditions in early 20th Chicago meat processing. Sinclair expected it to change the conditions of the workers. In the end it only changed the way meat was processed to make the products cleaner.
2. The reduction in automation not it's increase. Just as there are lots of "entrepreneurs" setting up car washes with no investment but making their service "valet service". It used to cost money to invest in a machine, car washes, that did the work. No need now, just pay cheap wages. So we as food consumers are directed to purchase "hand finished" or "hand made" food products. AI is not taking jobs if you have to accept dreadful wages and conditions.
3. I was going to respond to your great piece on pasta grannies. Seems a little crass now. But the joy that food can bring and produce is something that is true. The exploitation and dehumanisation in food production is not just the other side of the same coin. It is a very different thing altogether.