"These children need this. They don't have anywhere else to go.” Only 55% of child farmworkers graduate from high school because many have no choice but to work in the fields. The East Coast Migrant Head Start Project is trying to change that.
Every year, thousands flock to the Coachella Valley for its iconic Music and Arts Festival. Just a short twelve-minute drive southeast of the festival location lies a different Coachella -- one not nearly as glamorous. It's actually quite the opposite: filthy, decaying and in need of your help.
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Last month's horrific massacre of student human rights activists in Guerrero serves as an awful reminder of why there will be no "Fair Food Program" in the foreseeable future of Mexico's tomato industry...
When I launched the first-ever Real Food Media short films contest, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I just knew that there were incredible stories of people farming, growing, cooking, sharing food and fighting to fix our broken food system that people weren't hearing.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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This is a three part series of an interview with Baldemar Velasquez, President and Founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.
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.
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?