Food First Backgrounder Summer 2010
Food Workers - Food Justice: Linking food, labor and immigrant rights
The food movement in the US is building power, but too often the people who make our food system work are overlooked. Some 17% of all jobs in the U.S. are in the food sector . These jobs are the lowest paid and most under-protected jobs in the nation. They are also the occupations with significant concentrations of undocumented immigrant workers. Food workers, especially immigrants, are subsidizing the food industry by paying the social and economic cost of labor injustice. The movement for food justice cannot thrive in a system where food workers are criminalized, exploited, and even going hungry themselves.
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