LA Times reports exploitation and extreme hardship on Mexican farms:

"Hardship on Mexico's farms, bounty for U.S. tables''"

The L.A. Times has made an interesting report in regards to the the tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers that arrive year-round by the ton, with peel-off stickers proclaiming "Product of Mexico." Farm exports to the U.S. from Mexico have tripled to $7.6 billion in the last decade, enriching agribusinesses, distributors and retailers.

American consumers get all the salsa, squash and melons they can eat at affordable prices. And top U.S. brands — Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Subway and Safeway, among many others — profit from produce they have come to depend on.

These corporations say their Mexican suppliers have committed to decent treatment and living conditions for workers.

But a Los Angeles Times investigation found that for thousands of farm laborers south of the border, the export boom is a story of exploitation and extreme hardship.

Click here for the complete article in the L.A. Times.

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