Domestic Farming

Domestic Farming

People in the USA are concerned about overseas sweatshops, but they don’t know anything about domestic farming operations. Every single Jalapeño, Blackberries, etc. are hand-picked. This is literally back-breaking work. Farm workers are hunched over for hours. Every day hundreds of farm workers are injured in work-related accidents. Injuries in the sector are 20 percent higher than the private industry. The Justice Department has prosecuted seven cases of slavery since 1997, liberating over 1,000 farm workers from forced labor. Just 2% of farm workers belong to unions. Roughly half of U.S. farm workers are undocumented immigrants. Family income for 30% of all farm laborers falls below the federal poverty line.

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