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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.

Citing "Tradition," Big Ag Fights Reforms for Child Farmworkers

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Child labor is a symptom of a monstrous blight across the food system: consumers relish cheap prices and companies reap profits, and workers pay the human cost.

More Than a Desperate Housewife, Eva Longoria Talks Activism

Avital Andrews | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Avital Andrews

Eva Longoria, who plays the self-involved Gabrielle Solis on ABC's Desperate Housewives, takes on extracurricular projects that set her far apart from her shallow onscreen persona.

Elise Foley

Spanish-Language Ads To Target Mandatory E-Verify

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Spanish-language ads will target Republican congressmen from California for their support of a federal employment eligibility program ca...

South Africa: Renowned Wines, Dangerous Working Conditions

Human Rights Watch | Posted 10.24.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

The fruits and wine that come from the Western Cape are enjoyed by consumers around the world and generate billions of rand for South Africa's economy, yet the farmworkers who help produce these goods are denied basic human rights.

Rotten Tomatoes: Trader Joe's And The Jewish Ethic For Farmworker Justice

Rabbi Jill Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Tomato harvesters suffer from some of the worst human rights abuses in America, and it is now public knowledge that Trader Joe's has refused to sign the Fair Food agreement.

They Keep Coming: Anti-Immigrants Bring Arizona's 1070 to California

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

What lies ahead in California is a costly, multimillion dollar ballot fight designed by anti-immigrant groups to divide families, communities, and coalitions.

Finding the Sacred and the Satirical in our Food

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth McVay Greene

What better testament to the urgency of our food challenges than to hear Stephen Colbert, a white entertainer in a suit, ask us to consider the people responsible for getting food to our tables?

Fighting for Farmworkers' Rights for More Than 40 Years

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

This is a three part series of an interview with Baldemar Velasquez, President and Founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.

Overtime for Farmworkers in California: Who Will it Hurt?

Ramon Resa, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ramon Resa, MD

"Up before dawn, working until sunset picking plums and filling the bins. We work each day until Apa says it's time to quit." (excerpt from Out of the...

UPDATED: Colbert Speaks for Farmworkers: Take Our Jobs, Please!

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kurt Michael Friese

Migrant workers are not in fact taking away jobs from Honest-to-Glenn-Beck Americans. They are doing jobs that are vital to our national economy and that no one else will do.

Why Cesar Chavez Would Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Murguía

Cesar Chavez shined a national spotlight on the depressed wages and unbearable working conditions experienced by agricultural laborers in the 1960s. Still, today, too many farmworkers face similar conditions.

Strawberry Showdown: No Methyl Iodide with My Shortcake, Please

Naomi Starkman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Naomi Starkman

Commercially grown strawberries and tomatoes in California could start getting an unhealthy dose of the highly toxic methyl iodide. Among scientists' greatest concerns is the pesticide's ability to cause spontaneous abortion late in pregnancy.

America's Lowest-Paying Jobs (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As you may have heard, the U.S. economy is predominantly a "service economy." Which means, for better or worse, a large percentage of Americans have b...

Celebrities Hit Auction Block for Human Rights

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeffrey Buchanan

The online auction will raise funds supporting the RFK Center's vital work around the globe.

Yes, Obama Can Honor Cesar Chavez's Legacy

Randy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randy Shaw

President Obama harnessed the "Yes We Can " spirit in winning the presidency. He can now honor Cesar Chavez's legacy by giving farm workers federal labor protections at least equal to those afforded other workers.

The Secret -- I Saw, Close-up, the Real Root of Global Economic Collapse

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Why do I call this modern-day form of slavery and its legal face -- this kind of gross injustice -- the secret of today's imploding economies?