Farmers and farmworkers

The mad travel schedule just doesn’t seem to let up. So here are a couple of post-cards from the road. First, I was lucky enough to join some of the finest US food justice activists at an event in New York City last week. There were many highlights, all of which you can see here, but the most sustained and deserved applause went to Gerardo Reyes Chávez, a leader and organizer for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). You can hear his speech below.

After that, I was lucky enough to make it onto a Democracy Now segment about World Food Day. I joined Ben Burkett of the National Family Farm Coalition. He got the best line of the segment (it’s funnier in the video):

JUAN GONZALEZ: And about how many African American farmers are left in the country?

BEN BURKETT: It’s said around 18,000 African Americans that’s active farming. I believe it may be a few more, because we tend not to fill out those census reports when they come in the mail, say “United States government,” and African American farmers will not fill out that document. So I’m going to say it’s probably a few more.