"FED UP" The High Cost of Cheap Food

By Dale Slongwhite

Environment & nature | Hardback, eBook


Toxic pesticides dropped from planes onto vegetable fields and workers. Farmworkers crawling down endless rows from dawn to dusk. Social security withdrawn from pay but not turned into the government. Birth defects and miscarriages. A dozen funerals a week. It was all part of the African American experience working on the muck farms of Lake Apopka in central Florida. Author Dale Finley Slongwhite interviewed eleven former farmworkers whose stories have been silenced until now. Using their words, she has given voice to a people whose contribution to the feeding of Americans would have been lost forever. They are proud of the jobs they performed despite racial and environmental injustice. Today those who are still living suffer from serious illnesses – lupus, asthma, cancer. The farmworkers believe, and new scientific studies concur, that these illnesses are the result of continued exposure to chemical pesticides.


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Toxic pesticides dropped from planes onto vegetable fields and workers. Farmworkers crawling down endless rows from dawn to dusk. Social security withdrawn from pay but not turned into the government. Birth defects and miscarriages. A dozen funerals a week. It was all part of the African American experience working on the muck farms of Lake Apopka in central Florida. Author Dale Finley Slongwhite interviewed eleven former farmworkers whose stories have been silenced until now. Using their words, she has given voice to a people whose contribution to the feeding of Americans would have been lost forever. They are proud of the jobs they performed despite racial and environmental injustice. Today those who are still living suffer from serious illnesses – lupus, asthma, cancer. The farmwork...


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Ms. Slongwhite is a Floridian transplanted from New England. She first learned of the former farmworkers at an environmental justice summit. She was haunted by the story of injustice until she could sit on the sidelines no longer, particularly after attending a program titled Five Thousand Years of History of Lake Apopka where African Americans were not even mentioned. With a degree in Communications, extensive interviewing experience, and a decade facilitating creative writing workshops, she immersed herself in the project for over four years. Ms. Slongwhite is a Floridian transplanted from New England. She first learned of the former farmworkers at an environmental justice summit. She was haunted by the story of injustice until she could sit on the sidelines no longer, particularly after attending a program titled Five Thousand Years of History of Lake Apopka where African Americans were not even mentioned. With a degree in Communications, extensive interviewing experience, and a decade facilitating creative writing workshops, she immersed herself in the project for over four years.


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Ms. Slongwhite is a Floridian transplanted from New England. She first learned of the former farmworkers at an environmental justice summit. She was haunted by the story of injustice until she could sit on the sidelines no longer, particularly after attending a program titled Five Thousand Years of History of Lake Apopka where African Americans were not even mentioned. With a degree in Communicati...


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