PT Food Co-op

The Food Co-op, 414 Kearney Street, Port Townsend, 98368
Port Townsend
Phone: (360) 385-2883

Reading Room: Could Farms Survive Without Illegal Labor?

“Could Farms Survive Without Illegal Labor?”
a debate about this subject between agricultural economists, farmers, and immigration experts at the New York Times Opinion Pages(8/17/2011)

A farmer in Maine who is raising crops sustainably told Times columnist Mark Bittman, “If the cost of food reflected the cost of production, that would change everything.” Instead, American produce is underpriced, in part because farmers and growers rely on illegal immigrant workers, who are paid little and often have poor working conditions.

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