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2015 Slow Living Breakout: Migrant Justice

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FOOD JUSTICE & ACCESS: Migrant Workers, the Invisible Population: Our Bridge to Good Food

Howard Prussack, organic farmer; Sara Stowell, Vermont Migrant Education Center; Enrique Balcazar,  Migrant Justice; moderated by Rachel Greenberger, Director, Food Sol at Babson College

“Between 1 and 3 million migrant farm workers leave their homes every year to plant, cultivate, harvest, and pack fruits, vegetables and nuts in the U.S. Although invisible to most people, the presence of migrant farm workers in many rural communities throughout the nation is undeniable, since hand labor is still necessary for the production of the blemish-free fruits and vegetables that consumers demand.” (Migrant Farm Workers: Our Nation’s Invisible Population, Eduardo González, Jr.,) Sometimes, the most forgotten group within the food justice conversations are the individuals who are enduring low pay and a range of other living conditions in order to daily meet the needs of consumers demanding good, local food. What are some of the ethical tensions within this scenario between the migrant worker and the consumer? How doe we close the gap between the food we want access to and the moral price we may be paying to obtain it?

Production Date: 
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 13:00

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