Severe weather in New Jersey Thursday night left areas of the state without power. These days, power outages are more than a slight inconvenience. In addition to leaving us uncomfortable without air conditioning and fans, or dangerous to food safety, as refrigerator warm and freezers thaw, our world has grown ever more dependent on electrical devices. Electricity is essential for computers and cellphones, and those devices control much of our daily interaction with the world.
A recent report details the true cost of food in the United States and finds it is more expensive than most people think. Based on statistics from the federal government, the Center for Progressive Reform calculated that one farm worker dies every day of the year, working to produce the food we buy in the supermarket. Many of these farm workers may not be covered by workers' compensation laws, and they are excluded from federal labor laws.