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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...

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.

Farmworkers Fast Outside Publix HQ

AP | Posted 05.05.2012 | Miami

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Florida farmworkers and their supporters are staging a fast outside Publix Super Markets headquarters in Lakeland. The fast organiz...

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.