Did you know?

INTERESTING FACTS:

(Resource: National Center for Farmworker Health Fact Sheets; www.ncfh.org)

  • Agriculture is consistently ranked one of the three most dangerous occupations in the nation.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 300,000 farmworkers are poisoned by pesticides each year.
  • Child farmworkers may attend three to five different schools per year as they migrate from farm to farm.
  • There are an estimated three million farmworkers in the U.S.
  • Migrant farm labor supports the $30+ billion fruit and vegetable industry in the U.S., 85% of which is hand harvested and/or cultivated.
  • The health status of migrant farm workers is at the same standard as third-world nations, while the country in which they work, the U.S., is one of the wealthiest nations on earth.
  • Farmworkers are not protected by sick leave and risk losing their jobs if they miss a day of work.
  • 78% of all farmworkers in the U.S. are foreign born.
  • 79% of all migrant and seasonal farmworkers are male; 21% are female.
  • 81% of migrant farmworkers list Spanish as their first language.
  • The average individual farmworker’s annual income ranges from $10,000 to $12,499.
  • A farmworker family’s average total income ranges from $15,000 to $17,499.

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