SOS Stomp Out Slavery
From coast to coast, border to border, the US landscape provides for a wealth of foods from our nation's farms, dairies, and ranches. Our nation's bounty is truly a blessing. However, there are still some agricultural companies that subject farmworkers to slave-like conditions and commit social injustices that most of us are unaware of.
In the US, there are nearly 3 million farmworkers that earn less than $11,000 per year. Many were hired under the guestworker program and their passports were held by their employers, which prevented them from returning to their home country. Others are US citizens, struggling to raise families on earnings of $200 per week.
Even now, farmworkers do not have rights to earn minimum wage, overtime pay, or collectively bargain. Child-labor laws permit farms to employ children as young as 12 years of age. Often, these workers do not receive benefits, and are subject to pesticides, extreme and sometimes intolerable working environments, and accidents that occur as a result of tools and equipment that is in disrepair.
We are thankful for our nation's bounty, and for those who work to provide the produce, dairy, and meats that we consume everyday. As a country, we must come together to demand fair food, sustainable farming, and stronger communities. Share your awareness with friends, family, and members of your community. We ask that you think about the workers that produce our food supply and join us in Stomping Out Slavery on 10-10-10.
- SOS101010 On October 10, 2010 citizens across America will celebrate National Tomato Month by Stomping Out Slavery. To join them, head outside on Sunday, 10-10-10, kick off your shoes and stomp a tomato into squishy bits. Then upload photos of your tomatoey toes to show the world that you want fair food, sustainable farming, and stronger communities. We need you to Stomp Out Slavery in America.