Category Archives: Health & Safety Programs

Protecting the Hard Working Hands

Farmworkers  are some of the most forgotten and unacknowledged workers in the United States. The general public has little knowledge of the many challenges agriculture workers face on a daily basis: extremely limited access to health care; poverty incomes; exposure … Continue reading

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Workers Memorial Week Reflection

“Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover. These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate … Continue reading

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National Farmworker Awareness Week 2013

For those of us dedicated to supporting and advocating for the estimated 2.5 million farmworkers in our county who harvest the foods we consume every day, National Farmworker Awareness Week (March 24-31) is a very special time. It not only gives … Continue reading

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Further Action Needed to Protect Farmworkers

This week we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), which was signed into law on January 14, 1983. The landmark legislation serves as the backbone of protections afforded to our nation’s farmworkers. … Continue reading

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2012: A Year of Victories and Challenges

I joined the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs this past September, taking over for retiring executive director David Strauss, who had served as the organization’s leader for the last 11 years.  I was faced with the challenge of learning about … Continue reading

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Farmworkers at Higher Risk for Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative condition of the central nervous system that causes tremors in the body, difficulty walking, and trouble coordinating movements. In later stages, the disease also causes emotional and cognitive problems such as depression, hallucination, memory loss, … Continue reading

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Native American Heritage Month Celebrates Contributions in Agriculture

There are over five million people in the U.S. who identify as American Indian or Alaska Native. Since 1990, when President George H. W. Bush signed a resolution for Native American Heritage Month, November celebrates Native American’s rich history and … Continue reading

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Do Consumers Care About Farmworkers?

A great question was posed in an article today on immigrant farmworkers and New York’s local food market. Aurora Almendral, the reporter, asked a farmer who she interviewed, “Why do you think it is that consumers seem so much more … Continue reading

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Poisoning our Children

“Within five minutes, I had noted multiple cleft palates and several children with apparent Down Syndrome…. It was shocking and disturbing to walk into a room with a group of parents and children that easily represented three to four times the national … Continue reading

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GMOs Pose Potential Threat to Farmworkers

GMOs have been shown to increase use of pesticides, which puts the farmworkers who cultivate and harvest the nation’s foods at risk for birth defects, learning disabilities, cancers, and even death. More than one billion pounds of pesticides are used … Continue reading

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