Hunger amidst plenty: farmworker food insecurity and coping strategies in California

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Abstract

Farmworkers are often overlooked as producers and consumers of food; although farmworkers in California labour in some of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, they are largely food insecure. This paper investigates approaches to relieving farmworker food insecurity in one of the most productive agricultural regions in North America, California's Northern Central Coast. I explore the structural causes for farmworker food insecurity, looking at how farmworker food insecurity is linked to international trade and immigration policies, as well as the systematic exploitation of workers in California agriculture. Investigating the various ways that farmworkers cope with food insecurity, I compare two different approaches, food assistance programmes and farmworker gardens. I discuss the linkages between farmworkers' place in the food system as both producers and consumers, as they simultaneously are exploited for their labour and create their own coping mechanisms utilising their embodied agricultural knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-219
Number of pages16
JournalLocal Environment
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • agricultural knowledge
  • community gardens
  • farmworkers
  • food banks
  • food insecurity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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