Ever wonder about the journey your food takes before it ends up on your table? What about the hands that tend to it, from planting to harvesting?
And the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts. - James 5:4b
Members of The United Methodidst Church continue to join workers as they march to protest the Publix supermarket chain's refusal to join a farm workers' rights labor program. The Book of Resolutions of the United Methodist Church demands that employers
treat farm workers and their families with dignity and respect; and that corporate processors, food retailers, and restaurants take responsibility in proportion to the power they possess for the treatment of the farm workers in their supply chains.
Eighty-five percent of fruits and vegetables in the United States are handpicked by some of the nation's most vital workers, essential to the economic well-being of the United States. While conditions have improved for some farm workers through successful, and long-fought, organizing campaigns, the majority of farm workers continue to struggle with low wages, minimal legal protections, and unhealthy work environments.
How do you live out your faith in action? Read more about what The United Methodist Church believes about the rights of farmworkers.