The National Farm Worker Ministry invites people of faith and conscience to observe the period from Labor Day (Sept. 6) through World Food Day (Oct. 16) as a six-week season for the Harvest of Justice.
The overwhelming irony of the US agricultural system is that the agricultural workers face environmental, political, economic, and structural barriers that prevent them from being able to sustainably feed their families in affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate ways. In the U.S., farm workers uphold the agricultural industry while simultaneously being 400 times more likely to experience food insecurity than the general public. They work long, arduous hours under the most punishing of conditions, and are literally unable to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
- As people deserving of dignity and respect, farm workers should have accessible, safe, healthy, and culturally appropriate food.
- As workers, farm workers must be able to eat food that gives them adequate strength and health so they can pick and process food as an essential part of the agricultural supply chain.
- Many farm workers do not have access to the food they grow, pick, and process.
The 2021 Harvest of Justice resources address concepts from food security to food sovereignty and includes practical ideas on how you and your faith community can make a difference.
Resources available Sept. 1!