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Our Invisible Farmworkers

May 2, 2013

Despite the recent focus on immigration reform at the highest levels of government, surprisingly little attention is usually paid to the plight of farmworkers in the United States. This despite the fact that an estimated 80 percent of all U.S. field workers are undocumented. And despite the growing consciousness around food, the food movement remains largely disconnected from the farm workers movement.

As Andrea Reusing observes in her TEDx talk, we’re often more comfortable talking about how our food is grown than we are talking about who grows it. Farm workers are largely invisible. The 13 minute talk is focused on North Carolina, but the themes she raises carry broader implications.

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