Category Archives: Year of the Farmworker Child

Accountable from Beginning to End: Transparency in Supply Chains

California, often known for its forward thinking, has done it again. A recent article posted in a business newspaper announced training for a new California law that would combat child labor and slavery. This law went under many people’s radar, … Continue reading

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Summertime Suffering for Farmworker Children

School has let out for the summer and many children across the country will enjoy their vacation playing at the pool, running through sprinklers, and jumping in nearby rivers, lakes, and the ocean to beat the heat and enjoy childhood … Continue reading

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Childhood vs. Obligation: Child Labor

Millions of children are engaged in hazardous situations or conditions, such as working in mines, working with chemicals and pesticides, and working with dangerous machinery. They are everywhere, but remain unseen, hidden from view as domestic servants in homes, laboring … Continue reading

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A Few Good Students

“Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world…,” a quote by Margaret Mead commonly used when a group of ordinary people do extraordinary things.  In this case, it was a group of four high school … Continue reading

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Breaking Barriers in Dixon, CA

Children from a farmworker background must confront and overcome significantly greater barriers than the average student in order to achieve their academic goals.  As a result of the special challenges they face, the dropout rate for migrant students in California … Continue reading

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The Missing Piece

This past Sunday, 60 Minutes focused much needed attention on the issue of child labor in U.S. agriculture. The piece, which may have seemed balanced to the average viewer, failed to convey the dangers child farmworkers are exposed to, including … Continue reading

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Fair Trade: A Social Responsibility

Although May 14, 2011 marked World Fair Trade Day, the awareness campaign continues. Individuals and companies alike are getting creative in their quest to support the fair and sustainable treatment of food producers through activities, including Fair Trade coffee breaks … Continue reading

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Bad Air

Low-income and minority populations in the United States often live and work in areas where they are unduly exposed to pollution that can damage their health. In fact, two-thirds of Latino families live in areas that do not meet the … Continue reading

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Farmworkers Suffer a Disproportionate Burden

Three new studies published in the Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives  last week, have shown how dangerous pesticides can be for the neurological development of children. All three studies, which were funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences … Continue reading

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Dangerous Exposure: Farmworker Children and Pesticides

It has been almost a year since the groundbreaking report from the President’s Panel on Cancer was released, highlighting environmental causes of cancer.  Of particular interest to us was the chapter on agricultural chemicals and the attention given specifically to … Continue reading

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