Record-Setting, But for Who?

The cover of this morning’s Yakima Herald featured an article on how “high prices, high demand and bad weather for competitors have Yakima Valley growers heading for a record season.” The article, in rather unsurprising fashion, makes no mention of how these record prices might effect the wages of those who actually havest the fruit. Field workers are, for the most part, out of sight  out of mind here in the valley. There are no tributes to their hard work and dedication, no bonuses or trophies when the do better than the year before.

It would be interesting to see a follow-up article in 3-4 months once the harvest has begun to see if the agicultural workers are noticing the “record breaking prices.” It’s possible that such records don’t trickle down that far.

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