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Farmworkers

It Is Time for the EPA to Step Up Protection of Farmworkers

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 10.09.2013 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

Farmworkers and their allies are calling for sensible and obtainable changes to the Worker Protection Standard, and the people that play an essential role in our daily sustenance deserve nothing less.

Farmworkers Face Silent Spring in the Fields

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Some lawmakers in Washington may be losing sleep in the coming weeks as they mull over proposed immigration reform legislation. But many migrant child...

On Human Rights, Wendy's Isn't Old Fashioned -- Just Outdated

Raj Patel | Posted 08.02.2013 | Business
Raj Patel

Rather than joining their competitors in respecting farmworkers rights, Wendy's has ended up doing something different. They chose to mislead their stockholders and customers.

Wendy's, What Are You Waiting For?: Calling on the Fast Food Giant to Stand up For Farmworkers

Anna Lappé | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green
Anna Lappé

Who has freckles, pigtails, and is still holding out from joining the Fair Food Program? If you guessed the fresh-faced mascot of Wendy's, give yourself a gold star.

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights 'Impressed' With Fair Food Program

Greg Asbed | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Greg Asbed

Two efforts have met on the road, and are sure to work more closely together in the months and years ahead.

A Look at Farm Labor Law

Alison Cayne | Posted 04.29.2013 | Taste
Alison Cayne

If we are aiming to be more food secure and less vulnerable to environmental and man-made challenges to our food system, we need to provide the labor force with basic rights of safety and compensation.

Would You Pay a Penny/lb of Veggies to Stop Slavery?

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Summer Rayne Oakes

Sanjay Rawal, director of Food Chains discusses with us in the first episode of "SRO Conversations" why a "Penny for Pound" policy may just work to help bring an end to modern-day slavery of domestic farmworkers in America.

Pioneers in Sustainable Food Show We Can Eat Well and Protect Environment

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

People are starting to realize that if we change the way we eat, we can change the way the food system works. We can grow food that is good for our health, good for our communities, and good for the planet. The winners of the Growing Green Awards are showing us how.

Farm Workers Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day By Marching and Lobbying for a New Immigration Process

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 06.01.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Farm workers today honor his memory by battling to free themselves from the shackles of abuse and mistreatment they suffer as a direct result of their immigration status.

The True Cost Of Food

Equal Voice News | Brad Wong | Posted 03.24.2013 | Latino Voices

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – When Modesto Hernandez, 35, walks these days, he grips the curved handle of a brown metal cane to steady himself. In 2008...

I Say Tomahto, You Say Exploitation

Raj Patel | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Raj Patel

What's the quickest way to get thrown out of a Publix supermarket? Is it a) to run naked through the aisles, b) to point and yell 'horsemeat!' at the deli counter or c) to query the manager about whether workers picking tomatoes are treated as well as she'd like. In my case, it was option c).

Super Bowl Ad Extolling Virtues of Farm Labor Fails to Value, Include Farmworkers

Greg Asbed | Posted 04.08.2013 | Home
Greg Asbed

How could an ad celebrating the American farmer paint such a distorted picture of the people who actually work on farms today? The reality is that farmworkers are systematically underpaid and under-appreciated.

WATCH: U.S. Farm Worker Speaks About Slave-Like Conditions

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 02.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

For every 32 pounds of tomatoes Leonel Perez picks on Florida farmlands, he says he receives a piece rate of 50 cents. "That's a piece rate that ha...

Inaugural Is a Timely Moment to Reflect on President Obama and Immigration Reform

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 03.24.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

What America needs now is not a new guest worker program but genuine immigration reform. Most Americans who aren't wealthy don't ask "guests" into their homes to do work on an almost permanent basis. Likewise, let's be honest about the term "temporary" worker.

My Holiday Wish: Let's Change the Lives of America's Farmworkers

Maisie Ganzler | Posted 02.19.2013 | Home
Maisie Ganzler

The physical conditions in the tomato fields were extreme. No shade, oppressively hot, with workers running with many pounds of tomatoes on their shoulders. I stood there fully aware that these workers are routinely exploited and sometimes physically enslaved. I had seen the overcrowded worker housing.

Must-See Farmworker Video Takes on Supermarkets, Holiday Season Food Industry Hypocrisy (VIDEO)

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 02.05.2013 | Home
Katrina vanden Heuvel

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the remarkable farmworker organization in Florida that I have written about many times over the years as they continue to win victory after victory in their Campaign for Fair Food, has done it again.

A Tale of Two Thanksgivings

Greg Asbed | Posted 01.22.2013 | Home
Greg Asbed

Like any family, the families who own and run Publix gather around their holiday tables and reflect on their joys and struggles. Among those joys, year after year, are soaring profits. Yet they inexplicably continue to turn their backs on the farmworkers who make those profits possible.

Obama Honors Farmworkers Just Months After Administration Jettisoned Key Farmworker Safety Rule

Rena Steinzor | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

President Obama honored farmworkers on Monday. But when the administration had the chance to actually take action to make agricultural work for young people safer, it caved to political pressure.

Now With More Integrity: Chipotle Gets With the Fair Food Program

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 12.09.2012 | Green
Leslie Hatfield

It's hard to believe that anyone's vision of sustainable food wouldn't include the people who grow it, but farmworkers, like slaughterhouse workers and others, are mostly hidden from view, an externality in industry's crush to keep prices artificially low.

Why I "Refudiate" Chick-Fil-A

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Mr. Chick-fil-A and I have different views on what invites God's judgment on America. He says it's gay marriage, but I think it's more likely to be bigotry directed at gay teens at risk of being bullied. So I "refudiate" Chick-fil-A, as is my right.

The Peach-Picker Shortage

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business

There seems to be a shortage of peach-pickers in Marysville, California. Or maybe not. Peach farms in the Marysville region -- in particular, the p...

Fighting Sexual Harassment in the Fields

Greg Asbed | Posted 09.25.2012 | Home
Greg Asbed

For too long, the industry responded to accusations of farm labor abuse with denial and opposition. But today there exists a better way forward embraced by the vast majority of Florida growers.

The Book "Valley of Dreams and Shadows" Reveals a Reality About Farmworkers Many Don't Accept

Eduardo Stanley | Posted 08.31.2012 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Stanley

The book, "Valley of Dreams and Shadows" has 154 pages and over 110 beautifully printed photos. It is not a collection of pictures accompanied by texts, but a careful and critical photographic essay that took five years to complete.

Working With Your Rapist as Your Supervisor? The Widespread Sexual Abuse of Women in Farm Work

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

It should be no surprise that on America's farms, so many women are treated as less than human, since not even the government sees them as worthy of respect under the law.

Report: Female Farmworkers, Scared To Call Police, Often Sexually Assaulted

AP | TRACIE CONE | Posted 05.16.2012 | Latino Voices

FRESNO, Calif. -- Female farmworkers across the United States are commonly sexually harassed and assaulted, in part because their immigration status m...