When I’m rich and famous because my young adult novel on two teens falling in love in their fight against the mistreatment of agricultural workers gets adapted into a film, I’m going to buy all the supermarkets in the world. Why you ask? Well, when I watch documentaries like Food Chains, it makes me want to change the way agricultural workers are paid and the conditions they work under. Food Chains is a documentary that shows agricultural workers point of view and the, for lack of a better word, unfairness they face. This film delves into the real-life struggle of people who deserve way more for their hard work. My argument is the documentary’s argument. “They’re entitled to be paid well.”1 I could end it right there because that’s just the plain truth.
The CIW (Coalition of Immokalee Workers) is a human rights organization for agricultural workers and is the main focus in this film. The coalition held a hunger strike because of Publix’s refusal to speak to them about increasing wages by just a penny a pound. That penny increase would cost around one or two million out of their two-billion-dollar income. This is what makes me angry: the pure greed. Publix could change these hardworking people’s lives by shelling out just a little bit more money but they refuse. They have enough money, they’ve been doing this for ages, and it’s time to do away with this legal slavery (by paying them the absolute bare minimum) and give these honest workers what they deserve; better working conditions and fair pay. It’s about the poor man keeping the rich man rich and the rich man saying thanks and walking away.
I recommend this film for a number of reasons. Besides showing the worker’s point of view as I’ve mentioned before, it exposes the problem of buying industrially. “One of the most difficult things is just coming to a realization how little you mean to the people that you are working for.”2 Imagine going into work every day and besides not getting paid what you should, your employers not giving a care about you. You would think I’m not appreciated it’s time to go, but these people have no choice and must endure it and it’s not right.
1 Food Chains. Dir. Sanjay Rawal. Perf. Eric Schlosser. Screen Media Films, 2014. NetFlix.
2 Food Chains. Dir. Sanjay Rawal. Perf. Lucas Benitez. Screen Media Films, 2014. NetFlix.