Op Ed: Farm-To-Table May Feel Virtuous, But It’s Food Labor That’s Ripe For Change

by NPR

Mexican farmworkers harvest lettuce in a field outside of Brawley, Calif (Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images)

Farm-to-table’s sincere glow distracts from how the production and processing of even the most pristine ingredients — from field or dock or slaughterhouse to restaurant or school cafeteria — is nearly always configured to rely on cheap labor. Work very often performed by people who are themselves poor and hungry.