Large agriculture businesses have seen the opportunity of a globalized world, and in many cases have monopolized agriculture in many countries, including the U.S. As a result, a greater distance has been created between the farmer and the consumer, often times leaving the local farmer with the short end of the stick. This problem has led to the creation of non-profits like Equal Exchange, whose goal it is to “continue to find new and powerful ways to build a better food system.” That better food system looks like this:
In the book of James, chapter 5, the writer gives warning to the injustices that business owners can create with unfair practices.
“5 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.[a]6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one,who was not opposing you.”
On this Labor Day, perhaps as you picnic with your family and friends, pause to pray against these injustices…and perhaps consider how you might help to stand for the oppressed.