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Aug132013

Farmworker Housing: Implications for Food Security and Food Safety

Quandt SA, Arcury TA. Farmworker Housing: Implications for Security and Food Safety. Housing Assistance Council Rural Voices 18(3):12-14.
Although they help feed America, farmworkers often face substandard conditions and food insecurity at their own tables. Farmworkers put food on the American table and serve as a key component of the agricultural industry. However, their participation in feeding others is no guarantee of their own ability to feed themselves and their families adequately, that is, to maintain food security and food safety. While low wages and insufficient money to buy food are significant obstacles to food security among farmworkers, the condition of the housing they occupy plays a role that is often overlooked, particularly for food safety.
Although they help feed America, farmworkers often face substandard conditions and food insecurity at their own tables.Farmworkers put food on the American table and serve as a key component of the agricultural industry. However, their participation in feeding others is no guarantee of their own ability to feed themselves and their families adequately, that is, to maintain food security and food safety. While low wages and insufficient money to buy food are significant obstacles to food security among farmworkers, the condition of the housing they occupy plays a role that is often overlooked, particularly for food safety.