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Farmworkers

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Engaged journalism helped me see the whole of these men and women. And, just as I wanted to listen, many were willing to talk.
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Salinas and Monterey County as a whole are some of the least affordable places to live in the U.S., per the 2019 Harvard State of the Nation's housing study.
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Even when sick, immigrant workers often feel like they have no choice but to show up at the job — they have to work to survive.
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Across California, essential and service workers like Flores Contreras are being hit hardest by the coronavirus, and so are the people they live with.
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Farmworkers are essential employees during the coronavirus pandemic. But crowded living conditions could trigger an outbreak that would devastate the food supply.
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Many H-2A farmworkers live in unsanitary, overcrowded conditions, the perfect recipe for an outbreak during a pandemic.
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Triple-digit temperatures are hitting the San Joaquin Valley at record frequency. For some 400,000 farmworkers in the San Joaquin Valley, the consequences could prove deadly.
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This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Courtney Teague, a participant in the 2019 California Fellowship....
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In California’s Salinas Valley, the lack of living wages for farmworkers has resulted in ongoing cycles of poverty, violence and health problems.
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It is difficult not to view poverty-stricken farmworkers as victims and pesticide manufacturers (and those of us who benefit from them) as perpetrators. Yet, my reporting demonstrated the complexity of the issues involved, leaving me with the uneasy sense that there was no clear-cut solution.

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