Monday 3 December 2018

In the Valley of Fear (2018)

A stark and brilliant piece by Michael Greenberg on the brutal realities of working in the fields of the San Joaquin valley in California  (HERE).
Fruit and vegetable picking is a one-generation job—farmworkers I spoke to neither wanted nor would allow their children to follow them into the fields. The heat and physical toll, combined with the feudal power of the growers, make it preferable to work in an air-conditioned hotel or packing house, where you can stand upright and be free of pesticides for the same low wages.