Migrant workers and nutrition: working in "The Garden," but not eating from it
California’s Central Valley has by far the highest agricultural production in the country. But those who work the land often don’t benefit from the fresh fruits and vegetables they harvest. A big portion of farm workers in the area are Latino, and many of their families suffer from health and obesity problems. In a recent survey, 45% of California’s farm workers said they had trouble getting enough healthy food in their diet. Reporter Pauline Bartolone traveled to Fresno – the most agriculturally productive county in the nation – to find out why California farm workers aren’t getting the food they need.
By Pauline Bartolone
This story was produced through the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California.