「農夫關注週」 向農夫們致敬 Credit to Farmers

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這是「農夫關注週」,雖然是有不少人意識到農夫對社會的重要性,但又有多少人知道,原來這裡有一個星期是為農夫們而設的?我們每天透過超市和餐館吃掉數以百萬計的新鮮蔬果,而這一切大部份都是經由農夫親手採摘。

諷刺的是,就以美國的情況為例,農夫是在全國最被剝削、收入低的人。這已不是一個種族移民的問題,而是人權問題。

This is Farmworker Awareness Week but how many of us are aware of the critical role of farmworkers much less aware that there’s even a week dedicated to them? We eat 280 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables a day—from supermarkets, restaurants, cafeterias and fast food establishments. And all of it is picked by hand.

Ironically these workers are among the most abused and poorly paid people in the nation. As longterm farmworker advocate Eva Longoria says, “This is not an immigration issue. This is a human rights issue.”

「農夫正受到各種不平等對待,從口頭威脅,到身體暴力,甚至是現代奴隸。今天的美國,有一萬多名奴隸在農地工作⋯⋯提高農工的工資在某些情況下可以把問題解決,而其成本, 也只不過是一個百分比……」撰於紀錄片 FOOD CHAINS

農夫都是人,都該擁有其應有的人權和保障。

我們可以改變這一點。支持農場工人的權利和一些為農夫爭取權益的團體,他們努力的為將來戰鬥,而他們的未來,事實上,也是我們的未來。這一週,讓我們重新審視我們對於農夫的態度,他們的雙手養活了數之不盡的我們,他們的應有的權益絕對不應該被剝奪。

“… farm workers face abuses from verbal threats to physical violence and modern-day slavery. There are more than 10,000 slaves working in the fields in the United States Today…raising wages will end exploitation, the cost: in some cases, just a penny more per pound…” quoted from FOOD CHAINS

Farmers, too, are humans.
This week, let’s take a moment to reflect on the hands that feed us, to recognize the contribution of farmworkers to our well-being, and to recognize that that which sustains us leads to their abuse. And that we can change this. Support farmworkers rights and groups like the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. They are fighting to ensure their future, which, is, in fact, our future.
Source: go.asia

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