Farm workers are among the poorest workers in the U.S. Hazardous conditions are routine and include pesticide exposure, heat stress, lack of shade, and adequate clean drinking water. Child farm workers risk their safety, health, and education working the fields because their parents can’t earn adequate wages to support a family.
Agricultural work is hard work. In order to feed the country, an estimated two million farm workers labor in fields and on ranches across the United States. They handpick 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.
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.
We hope you will join the movement for dignity and respect for farm workers!