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Chasm Widens Between California and Mexican Farm Wages

Our organic community is largely unaware that Mexico’s national minimum wage for an eight-hour-day amounts to $4.38 in U.S. dollars. Baja California's Del Cabo cooperative once represented the only significant volume of Certified Organic produce imported into the United States. That situation has changed dramatically over the last five years, with dozens of low-wage Mexican Certified Organic producers supplying U.S. big-box stores' newfound passion to market low-cost organic produce. California’s certified organic farmers, by law, will soon be paying field hands $15.00 per hour. How will California's traditional high-diversity, labor-intensive organic farms be able to weather such competition? Can they do it?

Track and Session Info

Marketing, Retail, & Wholesale
F | 3:30 pm

Date and Location

Fred Farr



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