University of California-Berkeley professor Seth Holmes will discuss his new book on migrant farmworkers in an onstage interview with Mother Jones reporter Tom Philpott.
Holmes’ book Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States is based on five years of research, including berry-picking and traveling with migrants from Oaxaca up the West Coast. An anthropologist and physician teaching in the School of Public Health and the Medical Anthropology program, Holmes uncovers how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care and conveys the full measure of struggle, suffering, and resilience of these farmworkers. In the vehement debates on immigration reform and health reform, this book provides the necessary stories of real people and insights into our food system and health care system for us to move forward to fair policies and solutions.
Tom Philpott is the food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones magazine, where he also writes the popular “Food for Thought” blog. A former columnist and editor for Grist, Philpott is also cofounder of Maverick Farms, an educational center dedicated to promoting family farming and sustainable food education in Valle Crucis, NC.
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