"Food Security is Not Enough, We Need Food Sovereignty" - Jeannie Economos at the Tampa Bay Summit to End Hunger
"The farmworkers who plant and harvest America’s food are on the frontlines of pesticide harm. Protecting farmworkers from toxic pesticides will require reducing industrial agriculture’s dependence on synthetic chemicals while expanding organic farming..."
- Rudy Arredondo, founder and president of the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association.
Many farmworker communities that are starting their own farms and gardens are doing it using without using pesticides used in conventional agriculture, like this cooperative berry farm started by some of the members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia in Washington State. One thing consumers can do is buy from farmworker-owned farms like this one. In addition to being organic, it is owned and operated by farmworkers, which provides more power for self-determination than the profit-driven, corporate-controlled agricultural system that incentivizes exploitation.