How agricultural work injures and kills people and planet, and the movement to reverse that
by Dean, subsistence farmer and member of Payday in the US, May 2020
(Addendum to Payday speech by Sam Weinstein at Care Income Now!Webinar, 3 April 2020)
Sam’s point re job injury statistics, that they likely “don’t include so called ‘factory farms’ where much of our food is grown and harvested, often by migrant workers made up of whole families that take the brunt of literally back-breaking work and oceans of poisonous pesticides with which the crops are bombed, and which all of us later consume”, is well taken.
I would just add that they also don’t include:
But despite such chilling stats, a massive grassroots movement of small-scale farmers, farmworkers, fishers, herders and others, largely in the Global South but also the North, some 200 million just in La Via Campesina – largely of color, including Indigenous, at least half of them women – is fighting tooth and nail to end factory farming’s global onslaught.
They are fighting to replace it with food sovereignty and a soil-regenerative agro-ecology that produces abundant nutrient-rich, poison-free food that will restore human health, and by regreening the planet will cool the climate.
This largely rural grassroots movement continues to grow and gain strength, and will grow stronger still as urban and rural movements connect -- a coming together which the demand for a Care Income Now! could accelerate.
Also read: Industrial agriculture is the main thief