The Farmworkers’ Journey by Ann Aurelia Lopez

By Ann Aurelia Lopez

Illuminating the darkish facet of financial globalization, this booklet offers an extraordinary insider's view of the migrant farmworkers' binational circuit that stretches from the west crucial Mexico geographical region to relevant California. Over the process ten years, Ann Aurelia López performed a chain of intimate interviews with farmworkers and their households alongside the migrant circuit. She deftly weaves their voices including up to date examine to painting a global hidden from such a lot Americans—a global of inescapable poverty that has worsened significantly considering NAFTA used to be carried out in 1994. in reality, this day it has turn into approximately most unlikely for rural groups in Mexico to proceed to farm the land sustainably, leaving few survival suggestions other than the perilous border crossing to the U.S.. The Farmworkers' trip brings jointly for the 1st time the various elements of this factor right into a complete and obtainable narrative: how company agribusiness operates, how binational associations and legislation advertise the subjugation of Mexican farmworkers, how migration impacts kinfolk existence, how genetically changed corn lines pouring into Mexico from the us are affecting farmers, how migrants face exploitation from employers, and extra. A must-read for all americans, The Farmworkers' trip traces the human effects of our coverage decisions.

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The Farmworkers’ Journey

Illuminating the darkish aspect of financial globalization, this booklet provides an extraordinary insider's view of the migrant farmworkers' binational circuit that stretches from the west valuable Mexico geographical region to important California. Over the process ten years, Ann Aurelia López carried out a sequence of intimate interviews with farmworkers and their households alongside the migrant circuit.

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As the taxi passes through the pueblo of Armería and then begins the steep climb up the road toward Rincón de López, the taxi driver assures me that I won’t find Colima campesinos in either Watsonville or Salinas, California. ” The main road through Rincón de López is unpaved and lined with concrete houses and small businesses. A confusing jumble of children, chickens, and dogs runs through the dusty road, kicking up clouds of dust. Through the haze and with the counsel of some of the local residents, I find the home of Esmeralda Gómez and Sergio Camacho Machado, the parents of Ana Aguirre, a farmworker in Salinas.

The lands of these comunidades agrarias could not be sold or leased. Communal land is also located within ejido villages. A hill next to the village serves as a communal land resource for the residents of Los Sauces de Pérez. Since converting his ejido parcela from corn to pastureland for export cattle production in recent years, Jesus Acosta now cultivates an ecuaro (hillside corn, bean, and squash intercrop) near his home. The harvested crops are designated for the exclusive use of his family members.

When Lázaro Cárdenas became president of Mexico in 1934, the agricultural census showed that 13,500 people had monopolized 83 percent of all lands in the private sector. 3 million (Cordoba 1974). Strikes raged in both the United States and Mexico. S. agricultural workers protesting low wages and unsatisfactory working conditions in California, more than one hundred farmworker strikes erupted in north-central Mexico. Strikes also erupted in the northwestern states of Mexico, where commercial agriculture and subjugation of peasants had occurred most rapidly (Baird and McCaughan 1979).

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