Conversations on Food Justice

The series from the organization behind the No Kid Hungry campaign, examines the roots and evolution of the food movement and the ways it intersects with race and class, as well as with educational, environmental and health inequities. 


Our Next Conversation:


Keeping Americans Fed: The Power and Exploitation of Immigrant & Migrant Farming Communities

Immigrant and migrant farm workers play a critically important role in putting food on our nation’s tables, making up an estimated 73% of the agricultural workforce in the United States today. Despite this outsize role in shoring up the national food supply, food insecurity is endemic in the migrant farming community: one recent study of Georgia farmworkers found that 63% of migrant and seasonal workers surveyed struggled to feed themselves and their families, and another in Northern California revealed that farmworkers—particularly those that are undocumented—depend on emergency food as their main food source. Immigrant and migrant farm workers face extraordinary barriers to economic mobility, and they are often rendered invisible by institutions with the power to address unequal and exploitative working conditions. Undocumented workers—who make up approximately 50% of the farm labor workforce—are particularly vulnerable, as they live under the constant threat of arrest and family separation, all while working in extremely difficult and oftentimes dangerous conditions that have only been made more so by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ravages of climate change.

63% of migrant and seasonal workers struggle to feed themselves and their families

In this session, we’ll discuss the social, economic, and structural barriers that exploit immigrant and migrant farm workers and push families to the margins. We’ll also hear from the people and organizations who are forging a new vision for an agricultural industry that values the land, and the people who tend to it. Finally, we’ll examine why improving the conditions of farm workers should be a legal, economic, and moral imperative for all of us.

The Details

DATE: Thursday, January 13, 2022
TIME: 12PM-1:30PM EST

Panelists

  • Mily Treviño-Sauceda, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc.
  • Pakou Hang, Founder of the Hmong American Farmers Association
  • Greg Asbed, Founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers


Previous Conversations:

September 2021Facing the Housing Crisis – Keeping Americans Healthy, Safe and Connected

July 2021Food Insecurity and Mental Health: The Silent and Devastating Impacts

May 2021Aloha ‘Āina: Food & Land Justice in Hawaii

April 2021Food Sovereignty: Food and Justice for Native Peoples

February 2021Racism, Hunger and Health

December 2020Hunger as a Racial Justice Issue: Why That Matters and What We Can Do About It

November 2020Black Activists Remember the Radical Origins of the Food Justice Movement