Working conditions on farms could threaten our food supply : The Indicator from Planet Money The working conditions on many farms mean that agricultural laborers are at high risk of getting COVID-19. That poses a real threat to those workers and to the country's food supply.

Coronavirus, Farmworkers And America's Food Supply

Coronavirus, Farmworkers And America's Food Supply

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GREENFIELD, CA - APRIL 28: Farm laborers with Fresh Harvest wash their hands before work.(Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)
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Many of the people who harvest crops are finding themselves in an almost impossible situation: Their working conditions are unsafe, but they have to keep working.

These men and women often travel to and from work crammed into buses; they often live in cramped and crowded accommodation; and they often are forced to work without masks or gloves or any of the other protective measures other workers wear to prevent coronavirus. Not only does that put their lives at risk, it also poses a very real threat to the country's food supply.

Daniel Costa, the director of immigration law and policy research at the Economic Policy Institute, put it this way: "Conditions are ripe for a massive outbreak. It should be the kind of thing that keeps people up at night."

On today's Indicator, what coronavirus means for our farmworkers and our food supply.

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