Farm Worker Issues

Farm workers are among the poorest workers in this country. Child farm workers risk their safety, health, and education working our fields because their parents can’t earn a living wage. Hazardous conditions are routine, including pesticide exposure, extreme heat and lack of shade and adequate clean drinking water.

Agricultural work is hard work. In order to feed the country, an estimated two million farm workers labor in the fields and on the ranches across the United States, including handpicking the vast majority of fruit and vegetable crops produced here. Farm workers are the backbone of our $200 billion agricultural industry.

It is the great paradox of our food system: the very people who work to feed the U.S. struggle to feed their own families.

In a movement to turn this system around, farm workers are organizing to demand a seat at the table with the people and institutions that have the ability to change their inhumane working and living conditions. NFWM stands with these farm workers, and we invite you to use the resources in this section of the site to gain a more in-depth understanding of the issues farm workers face. We hope you will join the movement for dignity and respect for farm workers!

Explore the links below to learn more.