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Farm Labor

“(Farm workers) are involved in the planting and cultivation and the harvesting of the greatest abundance of food known in this society. They bring in so much food to feed you and me and the whole country and enough food to export to other places. The ironic thing and the tragic thing is that after they make this tremendous contribution, they don’t have any money or any food left for themselves.” – Cesar Chavez

In spirit of Cesar Chavez, we are dedicating this edition of the Food List to farm workers awareness.

We begin with a glimpse into the lives of migrant workers and listen to the Farmworker Stories.

We are exposed to the true cost of our consumption habits and encouraged to bring justice to the system so that farmworkers and food industry laborers are no longer exploited.

And then we are provided with solutions. Alliance for Fair Food is uniting our food system by supporting the bridge between reverence and resistance movements. Larry Kleinman and PCUN in Oregon are helping build a voice for farmworkers.

It’s important to participate as conscious consumers. We wrap up this week’s Food List with a reminder from Sanjay Rawal to support the hands that feed us. How do you support fair food?

This week's terms


Transparency is a growing demand from consumers who want to know where their food comes from in our current, highly advanced food system. This includes the origin the origin of the product, the farming practices, the working conditions of the food chain workers, all the way to the packaging. Transparency verification is provided by independent, third parties, who offer the ability to easily, economically and readily view the entire logistics chain. 

Ethically Sourced

"Goods that are produced and purchased in a manner that demonstrates respect for the people who produce them as well as for the environment. Goods should be purchased through transparent relationships that are built on trust and openness,and producers should be compensated at a level that reflects the value of their hard work and that provides a living income for themselves and their families.” - Andrew Feldman, As Green As It Gets

True Cost Accounting

By considering all the external costs factored out of the cost of food, an economic principle called true cost accounting helps consumers understand the real cost of the food they buy.

Fair Food

Fair Food is produce grown and harvested on farms participating in the Fair Food Program — a unique partnership among farmers, farmworkers, and retail food companies — which ensures humane working conditions and increased wages for the farmworkers.

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