Thursday, February 14, 2008

Globalization and Farmworkers

Clearly, NAFTA and other aspects of trade and globalization have affected the movement of workers. Here's an interesting talk on the subject at UC San Diego next week.

Winter Quarter 2008

The Farmworkers' Journey: Globalization and the Migrant Circuit Between West-Central Mexico and Central California

Ann Aurelia López
Research Associate, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz

Tuesday, February 19, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Eleanor Roosevelt College Administration Building
Conference Room 115, First Floor
Reception to follow

Illuminating the dark side of economic globalization, this book gives a rare insider's view of the migrant farmworkers' binational circuit that stretches from the west central Mexico countryside to central California. Over the course of ten years, Ann Aurelia López conducted a series of intimate interviews with farmworkers and their families along the migrant circuit. She deftly weaves their voices together with up-to-date research to portray a world hidden from most Americans--a world of inescapable poverty that has worsened considerably since NAFTA was implemented in 1994. In fact, today it has become nearly impossible for rural communities in Mexico to continue to farm the land sustainably, leaving few survival options except the perilous border crossing to the United States. The Farmworkers' Journey brings together for the first time the many facets of this issue into a comprehensive and accessible narrative: how corporate agribusiness operates, how binational institutions and laws promote the subjugation of Mexican farmworkers, how migration affects family life, how genetically modified corn strains pouring into Mexico from the United States are affecting farmers, how migrants face exploitation from employers, and more. A must-read for all Americans, The Farmworkers' Journey traces the human consequences of our policy decisions.

Dr. Ann López is currently a Research Associate with the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UCSC. She completed a University of California Office of the President post-doc in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley in 2006. She is an emeritus professor at San José City College and has taught courses in biology, environmental science, ecology and botany in the biology department for many years. Her research addresses the human side of the binational migration circuit from the subsistence and small producer farms of west central Mexico to employment in California’s corporate agribusiness. She is currently completing the paperwork for the establishment of a non-profit organization, designed to benefit farmworkers and their family members on farms in Mexico, the Center for Farmworker Families.

These seminars are open to all members of the UCSD community, as well as faculty and students from other universities and the general public. For directions to CCIS, visit our website. Parking permits can be purchased at the information booth on North Point Drive (north end of campus). Visitors may also use metered parking spaces (max. 2 hours) in the North side parking lot. Papers previously presented at CCIS seminars can also be downloaded from our website under “Working Papers.” For further information, please contact Ana Minvielle (E-mail:, Tel#: 858-822-4447).

Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
9500 Gilman Drive
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0548


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