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The Shocking Facts About Our Food System

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We hear of the sweatshops behind our computers, sneakers and other attire--yet the exploitation of farmworkers has become normalized.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 12:56 pm

Why Are People Dying to Bring You Dinner?

The Shocking Facts About Our Food System

Cesar Chavez, the champion of farmworkers' rights who gets his annual day of state recognition this Saturday, must be rolling in his grave. It's been 37 years since Governor Jerry Brown, in an earlier life, signed the landmark agricultural labor relations act--and soon California legislators will debate whether to enforce rules to provide water and shade to the 400,000 farmworkers who harvest our food.

According to Assemblymember Betsy Butler, D-Los Angeles, author of the Farmworker Safety Act of 2012, "At least 16 farm workers have died since the state issued emergency regulations related to heat illness in 2005. Since all of the deaths were preventable, it's clear that the regulations and their enforcement are ineffective."

Let's replay that: every year farmworkers are dying from thirst and heat exposure due to inadequate water and shade.

In announcing AB 2346, Butler added: "It is absolutely abhorrent to think that in this day and age, farm workers are not regularly provided with shade and water. These two commodities are essentially free and we all know that no grower would let their crops go without water."

By Christopher Cook for alternet

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. (2)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 12:02 am
And I, as a vegetarian, like to say, "No body had to die for my dinner."

Now, how do I know?

Linda B (10)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 5:16 am
Organic is identified as such. Perhaps we need an agency that will guarantee worker-friendly produce.

paul m (93)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 5:16 am

It's the middle man ,,hicking up the price..

Judith Emerson (0)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 6:03 am
Yesterday was Cesar Chavez's 85th birthday & the 50th anniversary of the United Farm Workers Union. We must be willing to pay the price for enforcing fair wages & humane working conditions for every person helping to grow our safe and healthful food.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 6:05 am
"Currently, taxpayers subsidize agribusiness to the tune of roughly $15 billion a year--most of it benefiting large-scale production of additives for fast food and fuels that deplete our health and the environment." -
Just how perverse can things get...?
And there's deceit and fraud wherever you look, in every country. Here in Ger. they take samples from organic stores ("Bio Laden") on a regular basis and so far have ALWAYS reveiled deceit, mostly false labeling.

Deb L (3)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 6:11 am
This is an abomination against humanity. What disgusting Greed!

Dee C (229)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 11:52 am
Where and when does it all end..

I know when I was able to and had the means I did all of our veggies from a garden..and where my family ate meat..we raised our own chickens..turkeys..and only dealt with local farmers for other meat products..

Today you cannot trust any label..nor can you feel confident that somewhere someone is not paying the price for our food..

Thanks Kit,,

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 2:32 pm
Gladly noted.

Sunday April 1, 2012, 8:49 pm
Sadly Noted. Thanks for sharing this article Kit.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Monday April 2, 2012, 3:28 am

Sarah M (12)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 11:49 am

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Tuesday April 3, 2012, 11:50 am
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