Article taken from NewAmericaMedia
Most media coverage of immigration today accepts as fact claims by growers that they can't get enough workers to harvest crops. Agribusiness wants a new guest worker program, and complaints of a labor shortage are their justification for it. But a little investigation of the actual unemployment rate in farmworker communities leads to a different picture.
There are always local variations in crops, and the number of workers needed to pick them. But the labor shortage picture is largely a fiction. I've spent over a decade traveling through California valleys and I have yet to see fruit rotting because of a lack of labor to pick it. I have seen some pretty miserable conditions for workers, though.
THE UNSAFE ACT: What It Means To Immigrant Communities
Taken from buzzfeed.com
The SAFE Act was introduced in June 2013 by the House of Representatives’ Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) with the support of the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). If enacted, the SAFE Act’s single-minded focus on immigration enforcement will increase in detentions and deportations, and create an environment of rampant racial profiling and unconstitutional detentions without fixing the immigration system’s problems. Below is a list of the terrible things that would come from the SAFE Act.
One day, monsanto will not exist anymore. One day those who work the land and produce our food will have their own community land to work and multiply the seeds as we see the stars in a clear night, and that day there will be nobody, no corporation and nothing to prevent it. To fight Monsanto is fighting to preserve diversity, is fighting for life, is to strive for providing enough healthy food for everyone, is fighting for the freedom of the peasants. We have received good news that little steps have been done to stop Monsanto Protection Act.
On Sunday, September 22, 2013, twenty-six community members participated in workshops at the Apopka Community Garden, organized by the Farmworker Association of Florida, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, and the Big Potato Foundation. One workshop, led by Homegrown Delights' Tia Meer, was focused on basic organic gardening tips, such as garden bed preparation and maintenance, seed-saving, transplanting, and pest management.