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In the United States, enough food is produced for everyone to eat eight full plates of food per day—yet almost forty million Americans struggle to put food on the table and are classified as “food insecure.
The industrialized North hopes to offset carbon emissions by paying the global South to preserve forests (which store carbon). […] The program has grown popular among international agencies and governments interested in funding rural development […but] to indigenous peasants in the Lacandon jungle, the pending agreement has all the hallmarks of a land grab.
If the root of the problem is the traditional undervaluation of agricultural labor—from chattel slavery to convict lease and sharecropping to the present-day migrant farm-labor system—then the solution should lie in recognizing labor’s true value and rewarding it accordingly. One truly meaningful—and long overdue—way to do this is to provide a rational path to legal residency for the countless undocumented immigrants whose discounted labor has fueled our economy for nearly two decades.
Greg Asbed and Sean Sellers making sense in "The High Cost of Anti-Immigrant Laws"