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Farm workers tired of being blamed for taking American jobs have countered with the tongue-in-cheek campaign titled "Take our Jobs." Organized by the United Farm Workers of America, the campaign calls the bluff of the many Americans who claim undocumented workers and immigrants are taking American jobs by asserting that most unemployed American citizens find farm work too labor intensive for the compensation received. The Associated Press reports three out of four farm workers were born abroad and more than half are illegal immigrants. The “Take our Jobs” initiative “spotlights the immigrant labor issue and underscores the need for reforms without which the domestic agricultural industry...
"The food safety system in the U.S. is underfunded, overwhelmed, and in desperate need of new powers to keep us safe as Americans," said Illinois senator Dick Durbin at a Chicago grocery store last weekend, according to ABC News. Durbin is the sponsor for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) that will be debated by the full U.S. Senate as early as next week. Durbin's assessment of the food system is unfortunately quite accurate. Andrew Kimbrell, the Center for Food Safety's executive director, writes on the Huffington Post, "70 million Americans are sickened, 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die from food-borne illness every year." The Food Modernization Bill would expand the...