There is more interest than ever in food nowadays, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers who form the foundation of our fresh food industry are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved – all within the borders of the United States. Food Chains reveals the human cost of our food supply and the complicity of the supermarket industry. Supermarkets earn $4 trillion globally and have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past three decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work in subhuman conditions. Yet supermarkets take no responsibility for this. The film carries a powerful call to action for every viewer to demand that retailers use their power to eradicate abuse in their supply chains. The film is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed - to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain.
by Sanjay Rawal
with Eric Schlosser, Eva Longoria, Dolores Huerta