Farmworkers feed the world. They provide us with the food that we eat every day, yet, they are still often the ‘invisible ones’ – people whose hard work is often unknown, unacknowledged or ignored. To provide us our food, flowers and houseplants, farmworkers are often exposed to very harsh and difficult working conditions in the fields, ferneries and greenhouses where they work. They perform some of the hardest work in our country and yet are among the least protected people in the nation.
More than 1.1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied to crops annually in the United States[i], with farmworkers facing a greater threat from exposure to these chemicals than any other sector of society.
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