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Who's Growing our Local Food?

by Miles Howe and Ben Sichel

Halifax - A group called Puppets Et Cetera! drew a curious crowd to watch a giant puppet parade and performance along the Halifax waterfront Saturday.

The puppet show aimed to draw attention to "unfair labour practices that are left under-addressed within the local food movement," notably the use of migrant labourers, said a press release sent out by the group.

The issue of migrant labour on organic farms in Canada was recently profiled in This Magazine. Organizers of the puppet show say they support local, small-scale farming, but that this complex issue deserves attention. 

The event was part of the Mayworks Halifax festival, a labour-organized event through which artists explore issues of social and economic justice. 

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