OFT-IGNORED ESSENTIAL WORKERS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE STILL TAKING THE BRUNT OF CATASTROPHES FROM COVID-19. Covid-19 is both a health crisis and an economic juggernaut hitting workers the hardest.
We’ve now passed the grim milepost of 200,000 Covid-19 American deaths. Big Ag continues being a huge source of Covid-19 problems. Yet our mainstream media is loathe to cover news unless it has a fresh, unique hook which will garner big ratings.
Taking an admirable journalistic track this thoughtful article from ‘FERN’ delves into the Covid-19 death of a legal, hardworking H2A farmworker from Mexico, Marco Antonio Galvan Gomez, at one of the largest potato enterprises in the USA. The 45,000-acre ‘Larson Farms’ includes mega-potato operations in Idaho, Texas and Colorado. Caleb, Megan & Jim
“Larsen Farms employs more than 400 people and annually recruits roughly 100 H-2A workers who live in a constellation of sixteen trailers and bunkhouses nicknamed La Academia—a reference to a popular Mexican ‘Big Brother’-esque reality TV show. Up to 11 H-2A workers are certified to share one trailer, U.S. Department of Labor documents indicate; during harvest season, overflow workers share motel rooms throughout Dalhart.