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On February 23, 1959, the AFL-CIO Executive Council, meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, passed a resolution to create the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, an early attempt to organize the farmworkers at the bottom of the American labor force. While Americans idealized agricultural work from the Jeffersonian beginnings of the nation, underlying the agrarian myth […]
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One of the most important and underreported stories over the last few weeks was the EPA setting new pesticide protections for farmworkers. The new rules, announced by EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, and United Farm Workers (UFW) president Arturo Rodriguez, include the following stipulations: All pesticide applicators will be required to be […]

Work and Food Writing

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On September 20, 2014

So this is kind of an interesting story about a big hop farm in Idaho. I read it because I like beer. But I also read it to see how work is discussed. And of course, it is discussed only in the most p

The Lives of Farmworkers

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On March 7, 2014
California farmworkers remain nearly as exploited as fifty years ago. Filthy, substandard housing, a lack of water in the fields, pesticide poisoning, and poor sanitation define too much of their lives. These workers, migrant and beneath the radar of the Americans for whom they produce food, live horribly and it is unacceptable: For California‚Äôs farmworkers, […]
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