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 in 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, over two million farm workers labor on farms 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.
Join us for our free webinar on June 12th at 2 p.m. (EST) to learn more about issues affecting farm workers and how people of faith and conscience can be an ally. The webinar will be offered in English and Spanish.
Can’t attend live? You should still register! We will send out the recording after the webinar to all registrants.