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carver [photo]

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George Washington Carver (1865-1943) was in awe of the sacred quality of food and the Earth it came from. One of the greatest agricultural researchers in US history, Carver’s work on peanuts and sweet potatoes helped poor southern farmers vary their crops and improve their diets. [fn][[nid:2518]][/fn]

Bruegel [photo]

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Food banquets are dynamic expressions of the human spirit that have fascinated artists for centuries. In Peasant Wedding Feast (1556), Peter Bruegel captures the action: jugs of wine being fllled, men carrying bowls of porridge on a tray made from an unhinged door, musicians playing music. To draw us even further into the action, Bruegel poses a question: where is the bridegroom?[fn][[nid:2512]][/fn]

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Cesar Chavez (1927-1993) was a courageous, non-violent activist for migrant farm worker rights in the United States. With Dolores Huerta, he founded the United Farm Workers Union in 1962. By the 1970's, the UFW was recognized as the legal bargaining agent for over 50,000 migrant field workers in California and Florida. Watch this short video on Cesar Chavez' life.[fn][[nid:2506]][/fn]

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