Last Harvest

You can't grow without change

75% of fresh fruit in the U.S. is hand-harvested. But critical labor shortages of farm workers are forcing farmers to abandon valuable crops. The healthiest food we can eat is being squeezed and our food system and the communities that support it need solutions.

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The Last Harvest

The average grocery shopper may be surprised to learn that more than 75% of the fresh fruit consumed in the U.S. is completely dependent on hand-harvesting by farm workers. Despite a rapidly growing $40 billion fresh produce industry, growers are in fear of a viable future as they struggle to find workers to pick the fields. More than $3.1 Billion is missed in economic growth each year crops rot in fields that cannot be harvested due to complex labor issues and shortages.

The Last Harvest offers a rare glimpse into the critical labor shortage problem in the agricultural industry. Hear the stories of those most impacted by this phenomenon and learn how immigration reform, an improved guest worker program, and innovation and collaboration can provide a solution. Let’s inspire a productive dialogue. The future of good food depends on the choices we make today. Our hope is this is not The Last Harvest.