14 Jun '11, 2pm

Indentured Servitude in America's Tomato Fields

Indentured Servitude in America's Tomato Fields

We want to believe that in this country these sorts of evils don't exist. We want to believe that when that little sticker reading USA is pasted atop a plump juicy tomato that it was grown ethically. But in fact, this isn't always the case. Food Politics writer Barry Estabrook has just released a great piece of investigative journalism that takes a closer look at the tomato industry and recently, an excerpt from his book Tomatoland appeared in The Atlantic . The article takes a long hard look at the lives of the illegal immigrants in Florida forced into a life of indentured servitude in America's tomato fields. It's an unsettling story that shows how some in the industry trap innocent immigrants into a life full of forced labor, regular beatings, and inhumane living standards. Domingo was an illegal immigrant who made his way here from Guatamala in order to make enough mon...

Full article: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/food-health/indentured-s...

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