Hidden Crimes: Food and Farm Worker Welfare

The “Good Food Movement” is a reaction to the global food system. Like much of our economy, food production is dominated by large corporations and industrial food processes, and consumers are looking for a sustainable food system. At the same time, the conventional food chain provides work for millions of people, in production, processing, distribution, and preparation. The future of good food cannot ignore these workers; they are most often people of color limited to low-wage service and production jobs, where at least 6 out of 10 farmworkers is undocumented.
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Pick a Peck of Purple Peppers

Minutes after meeting Hilario Alvarez in the packing sheds on his farm south of Yakima Washington, we were dashing after him down and across rows of peppers that were blazing with ripe fruit. Until you’ve stood knee-deep or, in some cases, waist-deep in dark green pepper plants, you have no idea how striking the colors of ripe peppers can be.
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Landmark agreement to extend Fair Food principles to over 90% of Florida tomato industry

Just about two weeks ago, GoodFood World published 1¢ per Pound for Tomatoes? That’s What Farm Workers Get and we addressed how twenty-first century seasonal farm workers have a lot in common with 18th century industrial workers, in It Begins with an Apple – Broetje Orchards. This week, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange announced landmark agreement to extend Fair Food principles to over 90% of Florida tomato industry.
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Alvarez Organic Farms, Mabton WA

Alvarez Organic Farms is not your ordinary Yakima valley vegetable farm! After realizing that he couldn’t compete in the market for the usual assortment of vegetables, Hilario Alvarez took steps that showed he was an intuitive marketing genius. Find out how he did it.
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Even Unemployed Americans Won’t Take Work as Farmhands

All those Americans who are talking about farming – whether buying from farmers markets, becoming members of CSAs, or building urban farms – aren’t ready to actually work on a farm. Not at current farm wages. Not even if they don’t have a job.
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