Monthly Archives: October 2011

Danger in the Fields: Children Exposed to Hazards

There are many dangers for children working in agricultural fields. AFOP estimates there are as many as 500,000 children working in agriculture, risking their health and often times their future. Children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers, relentlessly toiling in large … Continue reading

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Celebrating an All-Inclusive Food Day

Today, October 24th, people from all walks of life are coming together to celebrate the first annual Food Day.  Across the country, activists, educators, students, chefs, local officials, and concerned eaters will be hosting and participating in community-building and awareness-raising … Continue reading

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Not In My Name

I just read an item that states the Obama Administration’s Department of Homeland Security initiated deportations of nearly 400,000 people over the last fiscal year, the largest number in history.  I suspect many people across the country will read that … Continue reading

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In Commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month: César’s Last Fast

“I remember poor wages and the lack of food… living in the car under a bridge is not that bad because you’re a kid, but the humiliation, that’s what you remember.” A quote from César’s Last Fast as César Chávez … Continue reading

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More Than Meets the Eye

Farmworkers are vulnerable to obesity for many reasons that can’t simply be fixed by education about healthy foods and exercise. While those are indeed crucial pieces in the complex puzzle of fighting obesity, farmworkers specifically face significant factors that influence … Continue reading

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A Big Burden to Bear: Farmworkers’ Struggle with Obesity

(Environmental Factors) By Doris Sempasa, Health & Safety Programs Intern  Article: Are Chemicals Making Us Fat?  Farmworkers in the U.S. are afflicted with obesity at alarming rates, sustaining many health complications, including diabetes and heart disease. For farmworkers, as is … Continue reading

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Advocacy & Policy: Requirements for Food Justice

Over the past couple of years, the term “food justice” has become more and more commonplace in conversations about food. It is often used in reference to a lack of access to healthy food in low- and moderate-income communities. As … Continue reading

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Promoting Partnerships, Helping Farmworkers

On September 12, farmworker families celebrated the completion of Home Ownership and Financial Management classes given by Telamon Corporations’ Housing Counselor Ismelda Rosario Ortega.  Their certificates of completion symbolize a wonderful partnership in serving the migrant and seasonal farmworker families … Continue reading

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Farmworkers Exploited at Both Ends of the Production Line

One of the greatest injustices of our current, industrial food system is that it exploits farmworkers and their families at both ends of the production line—first as workers and then again as consumers.  As workers, they perform back-breaking labor in … Continue reading

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