by Elizah Leigh
Categories: Eats, Events, Film/TV
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What in the world are we eating these days? If you ask the random person on the street, they’ll probably respond with comments ranging from sustainably and locally produced meals to simply trying to avoid foods like KFC’s latest Double Down offering.

Even though we’re doing a far better job paying attention to what we’re putting in our bodies than ever before, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom still believes we have much to learn if we wish to become fully informed consumers.

On the Huffington Post, Newsom asks, “Why we are so aware of what we eat, yet so unaware of the abuse that California’s 500,000 farm workers endure.” He continues, saying, “They live in squalor among us, suffering from sexual harassment, inadequate drinking water and housing, lack of shade, and sky-high disease rates. More farm workers have died from heat in the last few years than at any time in decades. That these conditions persist into the 21st century is appalling, and we ought to be ashamed.”

Those who are interested in making a difference can find out about upcoming Fair Harvest Meals events organized by the United Farm Workers. Occurring on California college campuses, they’re hoping that new generations who learn about these injustices will demand that their local grocery stores source produce from growers that adhere to a strict “Fair Harvest Food” policy.

To read more of what Mayor Newsom has to say, visit HuffingtonPost.com.

  • http://blog.babyganics.com Linda

    Shame on American authorities for allowing inequality among farm workers, for allowing our food to reach this high a level of contamination (by hormones, antibiotics and pathogens), and for allowing the barbaric treatment of farm animals.

    So much for having the world’s highest standard of living. I believe that our country needs a lesson or two from more civilized societies.