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Migrant workers are real people who deserve decent working conditions and a living wage. No one who works full time should live in poverty. The top four or five grocery retailers control the food supply chain from the field to the store shelves. Change is coming slowly, but we have to keep fighting to make things better for those who come after us.
Positive Role Models
Hardworking families, celebrities, activists, and scholars try to improve living and working conditions for migrant workers.
Violence & Scariness
Modern-day slavery rings are mentioned, and past beatings and keeping people chained up are mentioned along with ways in which it's largely been eradicated in Florida's major tomato-growing area. Sexual harassment is mentioned as a major problem for women workers as are efforts to eliminate it by providing safe avenues for reporting it.
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Products & Purchases
Many grocery and fast-food chains are mentioned in explanation of the economics of agriculture and as either participating or not in the Fair Food program started by Florida farm workers.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Food Chains is an eye-opening documentary about the plight of migrant farm workers that focuses on the economics of our food-supply system. There's no objectionable content, but extremely poor living conditions are shown, sexual harassment is discussed, and modern-day slavery is described. The economics are made easy to understand for middle schoolers and up. It's a good starting point for a discussion about our own eating and buying habits: where we get our food and choices we can make about what and where we buy. There are a lot of subtitles as many workers shown and interviewed speak in Spanish. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
FOOD CHAINS is a thought-provoking, eye-opening documentary about the process of getting food from the field to the grocery store. It has a point of view and expresses it unabashedly, which is that no one who toils full-time in the field should live in poverty and that the big grocery chains, given the power they exercise over the whole supply chain and their tremendous annual profits, should take active and relatively painless steps to improve the lives of those working in the fields. The film doesn't try to present balanced viewpoints, instead focusing on raising awareness of the situation, in particular of the indignity of living in poverty.
The economics are thoughtfully explained and easy for middle schoolers and up to understand without being dumbed down. But it's more likely to interest and affect high schoolers as they broaden their awareness and contemplate the choices they'll make as adults. It'll definitely leave you thinking about where you shop for groceries and what you'll buy when you're there.
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