Food Chains follows the Coalition of Immokalee Workers as they protest low wages and poor working conditions on Southern Florida’s farms. According to The Food Chains team, supermarkets receive as much as “60% of the price customers pay for fresh produce, while farm workers get less than 1%.” In the film, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers performs a hunger strike in front of the Publix Headquarters to convince the supermarket to pay one additional penny per pound of tomatoes bought.
Issues covered in the film include
- The history of agriculture in the United States
- The experiences of migrant workers
- Modern-day slavery structures
- Economics of a supply chain
- Power dynamics
- Gender inequality
- Racial inequality
- The intersection between fair labor and sustainable agriculture practices
While Food Chains sheds light on the human costs of our food industry, it also gives voice to the disenfranchised by sharing their story with a larger audience.
The screening of Food Chains is a part of UM’s environmental film series. The event is free and open to the public.