• Lupus0:28

  • Birth Defects0:20

  • Pesticide Spraying 0:21

Mary Tinsley

Betty Dubose

Linda Lee

Geraldean Matthew

Fed Up: The High Costs of Cheap Food

  • Crew Leaders0:33

Toxic pesticides dropped from planes onto vegetable fields and workers. Farm workers crawling down endless rows from dawn to dusk. Social security withdrawn from pay but not turned in to the government. Birth defects and miscarriages. A dozen funerals in one week. 

It was all part of the African American experience working on the muck farms of Lake Apopka in central Florida. 

Author Dale Slongwhite interviewed eleven former farm workers whose stories have been silenced until now. Using their words, she has given voice to a people whose contribution to the feeding of Americans would have been forgotten.

Click on the links below the pictures to hear clips from the stories.