Kandace Vallejo is a Food and Community Fellow at the Institute for Agricultre and Trade Policy, where she works to shift the discourse around sustainable food to include a vision for low-wage workers in the food system. She is a freelance journalist whose writing focuses on immigration policy, economic justice, and movement building. Kandace has spent nine years working alongside various grassroots organizations in the South, organizing for justice alongside low-wage immigrant workers and doing leadership development work with immigrant youth. She blogs at www.neverneutral.net.
Agriculture is a hot topic these days. Americans are more and more concerned about where their food comes from, if it is organic, and if their beef was grass orgrain fed. But one topic frequently eludes our dialogues: labor. Its no surprise to many that farm laborers frequently work an exhaustive number of hoursweekly for abysmally low wages.