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Do you eat ethically? This video doesn’t think so

Behind the Kitchen Door: What Every Diner Should Know About the People Who Feed Us, a new book by Saru Jayaraman that hits shelves February 2013, knocks those smug, trying-to-eat-sustainably-and-do-good-for-the-world foodie-types off their high horses for failing to consider not just the environment their food is grown in, but also the restaurant environment they eat in. In the two-minute trailer, the hospitality industry looks pretty grim: workers face sexual harassment, are woefully underpaid (practically everyone on staff is making a measly $2.13 an hour), are forced to come in when they’re sick and have little chance for advancement. The book and video are American, so this onslaught of dining shame is slightly mitigated for Ontarians, where general restaurant workers receive minimum wage ($10.25) and workers who serve alcohol receive an hourly minimum of $8.90—not to mention the fact that pretty much everyone has free healthcare. At least there’s that.

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