There is so much interest in food these days yet there is almost no interest in the hands that pick that food. In the US, farm labor has always been one of the most difficult and poorly ...
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There is so much interest in food these days yet there is almost no interest in the hands that pick that food. In the US, farm labor has always been one of the most difficult and poorly paid jobs and has relied on some of the nation's most vulnerable people. While the legal restrictions which kept people bound to farms, like slavery, have been abolished, exploitation still exists, ranging from wage theft to modern-day slavery. These days, this exploitation is perpetuated by the corporations at the top of the food chain: supermarkets. Their buying power has kept wages pitifully low and has created a scenario where desperately poor people are willing to put up with anything to keep their jobs.Written by
I'm not a big fan of 'issue' documentaries because they are usually boring and preachy. Why do I like this one so much? Archival footage of Bobby plus participation by two generations of Kennedys was certainly moving, for me. The film covers a lot of ground but it never seems scattershot; on the contrary, a word I'd use to describe it is 'incisive'. I'm a Floridian and I have some doubts about the farmworkers' focus on Publix. But this film takes on very important issues and the way it presents them is vivid and smart. It's never boring and it is well put together. I liked it enough to watch it again. Highly recommended, for everyone.
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