Voting With Your Fork
Groups promoting political and cultural nationalism—Red Power, Black Power, Brown Power—created alternative food production and distribution systems to address disparities in food access. They also boycotted and struck against foods and practices that wronged people—farmworkers and low-wage laborers—or the environment. Through philosophies expressed on T-shirts, recyclable bags, buttons, bumper stickers, books, and posters, countercultural advocates connected food and politics in ways that persisted into the 2000s.
Appalled by the conditions and low wages endured by farmworkers and laborers, consumer groups and labor unions organized long boycotts and strikes against big produce growers and bulk wine producers.