The idea of sustainability stands on three legs: the economy, the environment and social equity for the community. The Lake Apopka farmworker community is an example of an environmental justice community left behind in the policy and planning. It is not sustainable to address only the economy or only the environment. The Marsh Flow-Way Project and Lake Apopka Restoration Act were implemented to address the ecological issues such as the health of the lake but ignored the health and concerns of the people. Collaborations between community organizations like the Farmworkers Association of Florida and educational institutions like Florida A&M University College of Law are invaluable and can boost the strength and effectiveness of equity with regards to sustainability.
This an 8 min preview of the 60 min film “Para La Gente: The Film Documentary” which we are putting together as part of an Amnesty International at the University of South Florida advocacy for farm worker rights, immigration reform and immigration rights in America and the Farmworkers Association Week of Awareness.
By DALE FINLEY SLONGWHITE
THE HIGH COSTS OF CHEAP FOOD
“The Lake Apopka survivors are claiming justice, and their plight, long-time forgotten, is beginning to resonate across international borders.” — Chela Vazquez, Campaign Coordinator, Pesticide Action Network North America
Published by the University Press of Florida.