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… today conditions for farmworkers are as bad as they were 30 or 40 years ago. California’s farm laborers, especially in the Central Valley, still live in poverty and often lack decent food and housing. The state still relies on large-scale farming that pays low wages, is labor-intensive, and uses contract workers toiling in poor conditions that go unmonitored by either the state or federal government.
Hard-hitting, solidly researched, and well-written, The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty by Erica Kohl-Arenas, a researcher at the New School, explains how philanthropy has left farmworker organizations to ameliorate their …