Farmers get real annoyed when people w clipboards annoying.
But their workers get TERRIFIED.
That's in a good year when there aren't ICE purges. This year is different.
It makes it really hard to tell if the farmer's doing their job or not.
"Did you see that? I can't get em to pay ME that much mind, I shoulda told them you're in charge of visas!"
I said no thanks. He kept going on about how funny it was when they snapped to attention over getting inspected.
Food safety takes clear communication, & management being thoughtful & proactive about their responsibilities.
Farmers that think fear of deportation is funny don't have that.
We still haven't been able to find out where it came from or how it spread over such a huge area.
You. Cannot. Have. That. When. Your. Workforce. Is. Terrified.
How are we supposed to run anything competently when the people doing the work are pushed into the shadows?
Aka at night.
Aka by night crews, aka by the scaredest, brokest, illegalest, most desperate immigrants.
But we do know that there's a huge link between high turnover+bad worker conditions, and dirty food.
It's 100%, scientifically true.
And we *cannot* give farmers who are doing it right due credit, unless we recognize how much of an oddity they are.
The point is, believing in the righteousness of family farms is like believing in "four legs good two legs bad."
This article doesn't even scrape the surface of the bullshit.