Environmental Justice and Farm Labor - Earthscan Food and Agriculture (Hardback)Rebecca E. Berkey (author)
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Utilizing a model derived from literature on environmental justice overlaid with multiple scales of agriculture, Environmental Justice and Farm Labor provides key insights about laborers in agriculture in the United States. It addresses three main topics: (1) justice-related issues facing farmers and laborers on farms; (2) how history and policy have impacted them; and (3) the opportunities and leverage points for change in improving justice outcomes.
It explores who labors in US agriculture and the justice-related issues facing these workers, including occupational injury and illness, lack of access to healthcare, substandard housing, hunger, low wages, issues pertaining to immigration, and the inability to organize. In addition, it assesses the impacts of labor safety, immigration and international policy, and in particular the effects of organic and fair trade certification. Two detailed case studies, one based on conventional agriculture in Florida and the other on organic agriculture in the Northeast, highlight the interrelated but unique challenges facing those who labor in the different sectors of this complex agricultural system.
Finally, it touches on justice claims and the role of grassroots activism in improving justice outcomes by highlighting organizations operating at multiple scales to contribute to the livelihood of farmers and laborers in the different areas of agriculture.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 18 mm
"Environmental Justice and Farm Labor examines environmental justice issues facing farmworkers in the United States. A growing scholarship has critically documented the injustices facing the low-wage, immigrant workers who do the bulk of the work in U.S. agriculture, and this book introduces the reader to these findings in an accessible way. The conclusion's catalogue of organizations working for farmworker justice will be a valuable resource for readers wanting to get politically active beyond their food purchases and support organizations already doing this important work." - Jill Lindsey Harrison, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA
"Berkey opens new lines of inquiry for two scholarly fields that don't usually overlap so comprehensively. She persuasively shows how farmworkers are frontline casualties of not only labor exploitation, but also environmental injustice." - Margaret Gray, Associate Professor, Political Science, Adelphi University, USA
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