How Farmworkers Feeding the Nation Particularly Struggle from COVID-19

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Trump declared farmworkers “essential” and advised them to continue working—meaning the 2.5 million U.S. farmworkers providing this food must put their health and safety on the line to keep Americans fed throughout this pandemic. Pictured: Workers carrying shovels at the end of their work day in Colorado. (Stuart Rankin)

In the midst of social distancing prompted by coronavirus, people often leave the house only for necessities: picking up prescriptions from the pharmacy, buying cleaning supplies or toilet paper, and grocery shopping.

But the Trump administration has declared agricultural workers as one of the “essential” groups of workers who are advised to continue working—meaning the 2.5 million U.S. farmworkers providing this food must put their health and safety on the line to keep Americans fed throughout this pandemic.

March’s end coincided with the…

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