A recent report details the true cost of food in the United States and finds it is more expensive than most people think. Based on statistics from the federal government, the Center for Progressive Reform calculated that one farm worker dies every day of the year, working to produce the food we buy in the supermarket. Many of these farm workers may not be covered by workers' compensation laws, and they are excluded from federal labor laws.
And, of course, it is not just farm workers who are injured and die in food production. Industrial food plant workers, truck drivers and warehouse workers, who are all essential to the complex system of growing, processing, transporting and selling the wide variety of food sold in this country, all are subject to injuries or death from workplace accidents.