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Farm workers are vital to the production of food in the United States. Without their labor, our lives and our national economy would be very different. Yet American farm workers are often undervalued and marginalized. Working long hard hours, for little pay, the men and women who make up this vital workforce are frequently exposed to toxic chemicals, like pesticides and herbicides.
On this edition, we’ll hear from speakers working on behalf of farm workers in the U.S. today, and we’ll hear from some of the farm workers themselves. Their message is clear: America’s farming community deserves our recognition and our support.
Erik Nicholson, Director, United Farm Workers of America; Tirso Moreno, Executive Director, Farm Workers Association of Florida; Senor Everardo, Senor Guzman, Senor Sacramento and Senor Zenon, farm workers featured in the documentary, “Pesticides: From the Fields to Your Table”; Doctor Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeño Band, “El Picket Sign.”
This week’s host/producer: Tena Rubio.
Contributing producers: Justin Beck, Emily Polk.
For more information:
United Farm Workers of America – Sunnyside, WA
The Farm Workers Association of Florida – Apopka, FL
Documentary: “Pesticides: From the Fields to Your Table” – Glassboro, NJ
Doctor Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeño Band – San Francisco, CA
Other helpful links:
National Center for Farm Worker Health (NCFH) – Buda, TX
Farm Worker Justice Fund, Inc. – Washington, DC
Association of Farm Worker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) – Washington, DC
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) – Woodburn, OR
Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO – Toledo, OH
National Farm Worker Ministry – St. Louis, MO