Documenting the Politics of Food: Photographs from the Rubenstein Library Collections
Picked, Plucked, and Packaged: A Farmworker's Role in the Journey of Your Food
Picked, Plucked and Packaged: A Farmworker's Role in the Journey of your Food
The food on your table and the goods throughout your home follow a complex route and undergo multiple processes before they reach a store shelf. Food does not merely leave a farmworker’s hands and appear in the basket at your local store. It must be processed--cleaned, sorted, stored, packaged, and transported.
The work of processing our foods and everyday products includes meat processing and packaging for the poultry, beef and pork industries. Farmworkers also staff sorting and storage facilities for a wide range of products from fruit and vegetables to cotton and tobacco. The work is often dangerous and under-regulated. These photographs attempt to make the behind-the-scenes work visible.