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The American Prospect, FERN collaborate on investigation of wage theft in U.S. agribusiness
Wage theft in California's agribusiness is "As Common As Dirt," a recent collaboration between The American Prospect and The Food and Envrionment Reporting Network found. Farm workers hired through labor contractors are often deprived of the wages they rightfully earned, writes Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism:
"Farm-labor contractors give American produce growers what companies like China’s Foxconn offer to Apple: a way to outsource a costly and complicated part of the business, often saving money in the process and creating a firewall between the brand and the working conditions under which its products are made."