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Healthy Food for California Farm Workers

California’s Central Valley, also known as the greatest garden in the world, has by far the highest agricultural production in the country. But ironically, those who work in “the garden,” often don’t benefit from the fresh fruits and vegetables they harvest.

A big portion of the farm workers in the area are Latino and many of their families suffer from health and obesity problems. In a recent survey of California’s farm workers, 45% said they had trouble getting enough healthy food in their diet. Why is this happening?

Reporter Pauline Bartolone traveled to Fresno – the most agriculturally productive county in the nation, to get some answers.

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This feature was produced through the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California.

Watch videos from Central Valley residents. Shot by Russel A. Daniels and produced by Pauline Bartolone.

Susana Cruz explains some of the challenges with getting healthy food in Fresno, CA.

Stuart Woolf on obstacles to Regional Food Systems in the Central Valley.

Cuba’s Economic Reform

The event coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, when in 1961 U.S.- backed Cuban exiles unsuccessfully tried to overthrow Fidel Castro’s government. On the eve of celebrating what Cuban officials once called the victory over “American Imperialism,” ordinary Cubans have mixed feelings about the new economic reforms. Correspondent Reese Erlich reports from Havana.

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