God made a Latina farmer, too

Here’s a remake of the lovely but very white-washed Super Bowl ad for Dodge Ram trucks farmers. By Isaac Cubillos, via Rawstory:

This one’s a little bit closer to reality in a country in which 72 percent of farmworkers are foreign-born–including 68 percent from Mexico–and 22 percent are women. There’s also more diversity among farm operators than you’d think based on the Dodge ad–and it’s increasing. Colorlines reports that the growth in the number of non-white operators has outpaced the overall industry growth in the last decade, and in 2007 about 30 percent of operators were women.

Farmers are great, and as we appreciate the people who made the food we eat, remember they’re mostly undocumented immigrants who are paid absurdly low wages to work in extremely dangerous conditions.

Watch a similar video by Latino rights group Cuéntame.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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