Fault Lines examines why wages are so low for Mexican farm workers who pick the fruits and vegetables that end up on U.S. tables
In March 2015, thousands of farm workers in the Mexican state of Baja California went on strike, protesting low wages and poor working conditions.
Much of the produce these people pick ends up on the shelves of large supermarkets in the U.S., like Walmart and Whole Foods. And while much care is put into harvesting these fruits and vegetables, little attention—or money—is paid to the pickers. Many of the laborers are unable to make ends meet with what they take home after long hours of work.
Fault Lines travels to Mexico to report on the strike and to investigate what is keeping wages so low for Mexican farm workers.
Executive Producer: Mathieu Skene, Senior Producer: Reem Akkad @reemakkad, Correspondent: Josh Rushing @joshrushing, Producer: Kavitha Chekuru @KaviChek, Director of Photography: Joel Van Haren @joelvanharen, Editor: Warwick Meade @warwickmeade, Field Producer: Daniel Fernandez, Production Manager: Dana Merwin @dana_merwin, Digital Producer: Nikhil Swaminathan @sw4mi, Production Assistance: Cesar Fregoso, Mariana Martinez, Archive Video: Jordi Lebrija, Translation: Gabriela Duran, Kathleen Fabian
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