BROCK LECTURE: Can worker participation change the corporate food system?

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Date: November 7, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: McGregor Memorial Conference Center J | Map
495 Gilmour Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Special Event

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Improving farm labor and environmental management through new forms of certification and cooperative ownership

Dr. Heather M. Zoller (PhD, Purdue University), Professor at the University of Cincinnati, will deliver the annual Bernard Brock Lecture at Wayne State University, hosted by the Department of Communication. Her talk is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

Below is a short blurb about her talk: 

We need an array of approaches to fix problems with the corporate food system. The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) is a third-party certification program that seeks to improve agricultural working conditions, food safety practices, environmental stewardship, and farm viability. The innovative initiative creates labor-management teams to give farm workers voice in ongoing standards enforcement and improving working conditions. Based on interviews and observations at five EFI-certified operations in the U.S. and Mexico, this presentation describes how the farms implemented worker participation, the practical implications for standards enforcement and working conditions, and theoretical insights regarding corporate social responsibility (CSR) and shifting organizational power and authority. The presentation also makes preliminary comparisons with the role of worker and community ownership in the Cincinnati Union Cooperative’s urban farm hub Our Harvest and Apple Street Market grocery initiative.

*Research funded in part by the Waterhouse Family Institute.


Rahul Mitra




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