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"Food Chains" Looks at the Real Cost of Your Cheap Tomatoes


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: documentary, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, ag workers, humans, abuse, "Fair Food" label, protection, family, food )

Dee
- 1615 days ago - motherjones.com
Food Chains opens at the break of dawn, as tomato pickers in Immokalee, Florida, hustle onto buses and out to the fields where they spend long hours trying to pick enough fruit to survive. Late in the evening they return to cramped trailers...



   

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Dee C (229)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 3:32 pm
Food Chains opens at the break of dawn, as tomato pickers in Immokalee, Florida, hustle onto buses and out to the fields where they spend long hours trying to pick enough fruit to survive. Late in the evening they return to cramped trailers, with barely enough wages to purchase groceries for a family meal. Though Florida's rich soil generates hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tomatoes, those harvesting them make around $12,000 a year. And the worst part, as tomato picker Gerardo Reyes Chavez points out, at the end of the day there's only the realization of "how little you mean to the people you are working for."

"We're not poor in this countryŚwe're screwed," remarks farm advocate Lucas Benitez in Food Chains, an illuminating documentary about ag workers that hits theaters today. Directed by Sanjay Rawal (Ocean Monk), the film sheds light on how our produce depends on the labor of workers who are paid by the piece and are twice as likely to live beneath the poverty line as salaried employees.
 

Scooby Snacks (95)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 4:14 pm
I say tomato you say Tomatoe
 

Kathryn M (108)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 5:34 pm
Good article. Thank you!
 

Dee C (229)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 5:43 pm
Thanks Kathryn..
 

Bruce C D (89)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 9:06 pm
It sounds like a film worth watching. The article actually describes a success story in improving the lives of workers. But that work isn't finished yet. Thanks, Dee.
 

Katie & Bill D (107)
Saturday November 22, 2014, 10:16 pm
It is Brutally hard work.
thank you Kathryn
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 1:05 am
Noted
 

jan b (5)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 2:27 am
Someone is making money and lots of it.....because even if these tomatos are grown close by, the prices on the shelves vary from 99 cents up to $1.99 a pound
 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 2:42 am
Thanks.
 

Kathleen M (0)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 10:08 am
Noted. Excellent article! Thanks for sharing, Dee.
 

Athena F (131)
Sunday November 23, 2014, 2:25 pm
thank you
 
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