The Political Economy of Olives

The world craves Italy’s Castelvetrano olives. But Italy doesn’t want the workers needed to pick them.

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“No Farmer = No Food = No Future.” Scrawled on a scrap of cardboard tied to the front of a tractor hurtling into Rome, the slogan summed up the state of a whole community. Early this year, expensive shopping districts and rural highways across Europe were hit by processions of muddy tractors blocking traffic, dumping […]

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