Cooking food is an act that lets you add love to vegetables and the people who eat them. But what about the people who bring these vegetables to market? Farmworkers are a vital part of the food we eat, and without them we wouldn’t have anything to eat at all. The farmworkers who pick our crops are exposed to dangers and abuses that are not allowed in any other industry, and they are frequently immigrants and children – some of the most vulnerable members of society, who we should cherish and protect.
This past Saturday in Sarasota, I had the privilege of joining the Coalition of Immokalee Workers for a picket of Publix – a large Florida grocery chain that refuses to sign the Fair Food Agreement. CIW is currently marching up FL Route 41 on the Gulf Coast to gather support for their final protest of Publix headquarters.
When buying, cooking and serving food, I try to think about the greater process I’m involved in. How the food grows, how it is cared for, who picks it, where they live, who profits. I think it has a lot to do with how it tastes.
If you’re interested in learning more about farmworkers in the United States today, check out the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. You can also watch the documentary The Harvest/La Cosecha.