Pregnant Farmworker Denied Water, Dies Of Heat Exhaustion

I once had a conversation with winemaker Tony Coturri where he told me that the \”organic\” label should also cover whether or not your laborers are treated fairly. The story of Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez puts some understanding behind that theory. She was 17 years old and worked all day in 100 degree heat without access to proper shade and water. The company she worked for has been accused of dragging their feet to get her medical attention after she collapsed. Maria went into a coma and died two days later.

Her story has sparked outrage, and even California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attended her funeral. Read the full details at the San Francisco Chronicle and NPR.

Many thanks to Winefarmer’s Weblog for bringing our attention to this story.


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