12:00am

Thu March 20, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: What are the stories of migrant farmworkers?


On today's Your Call, we’ll speak with Seth Holmes, author of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. Holmes spent time “living in labor camps, picking fruit and pruning plants on farms, migrating and crossing the US-Mexico desert border with undocumented Mexican migrant farmworkers.” He chronicles the physical and emotional tolls they face making this trek and laboring in the fields. How do we connect the dots between fruits and vegetables we rely on and the people who suffer to pick them? Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Rose Aguilar and You.

Guests:

Seth Holmes, cultural and medical anthropologist and physician and author of "Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States"

Viviana Aguirre, a UFW union member at Muranaka Farms, where she picks bunches of parsley and cilantro

Resources:

UC Press: Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States

Farmworker Justice: Book Review - Fresh Fruit Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States by Seth Holmes

NPR: Why Picking Your Berries For $8,000 A Year Hurts A Lot

Washington Post: Who’s crossing the Mexico border? A new survey tries to find out.

The Equitable Food Initiative develops standards for working conditions, pesticides use, and food safety.

United Farmworkers Union

 

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