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Friday, March 13, 2015

Food Chains - Farm to Table

The discrepancy between the lowest paid worker and the highest paid worker has never been greater than it is now in many sectors of our American economic system. In the business of food supply, this is very evident when looking at the farmers in Immokalee, Florida and this movie documents their efforts to get more pay for their hard labor - like the tomatoes they pick for a Florida-based supermarket. The movie is now available on Netflix. One extremely offensive quote from a corporate farmer mentioned in the movie: "We used to own our slaves, now we just rent them." If we are serious about fixing the healthcare of this country, we need to pay workers fair and living wages. The Fair Food Program is a start at solving this issue.


"In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States.

There is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved – all within the borders of the United States.

Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger – earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this.

The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain.

Food Chains premiered at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and screened subsequently at the Tribeca Film Festival and Guadalajara Film Festival.  Food Chains will be released nationwide November 21st. The film's Executive Producers include Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser."

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