When we buy produce, do we really know what we are paying for, or the story behind the produce? Most likely the produce you recently purchased is produced with the help of migrant workers. Migrant workers, year after year, separate themselves from their families to work the season, which is usually eight months. Children are left without their fathers, and wives without their husbands, all because the economy of their home country is struggling and jobs aren’t available. When we purchase produce, we don’t think about the terrible living and working conditions the migrant workers are subjected to, the medical effects, or the non-economic effects.
|The mountain in Amatlán|
As consumers we are made to believe that a large, red tomato is the best and what we should buy, but we don’t see what is behind the big, red tomato. We don’t know about the effects from the pesticides and other chemicals the workers work with, or the living and social conditions many migrant workers encounter. These hard working men and women migrant workers endure all of this because they see a light and hope to better their life and their family’s.
Something to think about as I
return back to the U.S is if there are migrant workers in my community and if
so, what I can do to not seclude/discriminate against them. Also I think
we should think of ways to advocate for migrant workers, whether it be concerning
working conditions, living conditions, medical rights, long term effects, and
community involvement. How can we get involved to make the already
trecherous journey a little better? What rights to legal and/or non legal
migrant workers really hold in the U.S?
|Erica Lippitt and AnnMarie Eliason with their host family -|
the family of a worker who told his story