Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies


Seth Holmes


farm worker, farming, health care, international policy, Mexico, migrants, racism


University of California Press

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Policy Summary

Holmes describes how our contemporary food system creates suffering for the Mexican migrants that work in the fields. He explores how international trade policies, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine these migrants’ health and access to adequate health care. Holmes completes this by living with the migrants, staying in their village in Oaxaca, trekking with them across the border, harvesting crops with them, and accompanying them to doctor’s visits. His work sheds light on how social inequalities can be normalized and institutionalized.   

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