When people talk about why they eat organic food, the most common answer is that they don’t want to ingest food that has been sprayed with toxic pesticides. The focus is generally on “me” or “we”.
An answer that does not come up nearly as much as it should is “I don’t want to expose farmers to these toxic pesticides.”
The truth is that most of us are completely in the dark about what takes place on farms, in terms of what kind of chemicals farmers are exposed to and also how farm workers are treated.
A brand new documentary called Food Chains sheds light on this very serious problem and what we see is not pretty.
With a specific focus on tomato farms in Immokalee, Florida, the film gives us an in-depth look at the exploitation, slavery, and sexual abuse taking place here in the U.S.
Despite the fact that these farm workers must work under the most grueling, subhuman conditions, their presence is absolutely essential to keep Americans fed. Yet, the concern for their well-being is largely ignored.
It is both disturbing and difficult to see the existence that these workers must endure.
However, what is even more upsetting is the incredible lack of moral conscience by some of the largest supermarket chains in our country. Not only is it beyond shameful, but it is an utter embarrassment to have to call some of these people fellow human beings.
Food Chains is an absolute must-see movie, and I am grateful that this story made it onto the big screen.
Hopefully, it will result in meaningful change moving forward and more compassion for the people who labor in the fields for a below-poverty level income.