Advocates push for farmworker protections as coronavirus cases surge


At farms across the country, workers are contracting Covid-19, sparking concerns about how to protect the low-wage laborers. 

Millions of Americans are working from home after their governors told them to shelter in place, but farmworkers, grocery store employees and other essential workers don’t have the option as they try to maintain the national food supply.

The U.S. meat supply has already seen production lag due to outbreaks in slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 16,200 workers across 23 states have tested positive for the virus. Total production of federally inspected red meat and poultry fell 8% in April and…


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