Seth M. Holmes brings an unusual expertise to his writing about migrant Mexican farmworkers in “Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies.” He’s both a primary care physician and an assistant professor of public health and medical anthropology at the University of California-Berkeley. So he’s looking at the suffering of migrant workers through a medical/academic lens in his new book, which he’ll discuss in Austin on Sunday with Mother Jones reporter Tom Philpott.
But Holmes goes far beyond mere observation in his book. For two summers, he worked on berry farms in Washington state and lived with the workers, many of whom were from the Triqui village of San Miguel in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. And he makes it quite clear that the berries that we eat for our health come at a high cost to those who pick them.
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Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies
Seth M. Holmes
University of California Press, $27.95 (paperback)