Tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers arrive year-round by the ton, with peel-off stickers proclaiming “Product of Mexico.” American consumers get all the produce they can eat at affordable prices. And top U.S. brands profit from bounty they have come to depend on.
Starting this Sunday, The Times will publish an investigative series by reporter Richard Marosi and photographer Don Bartletti on the Mexican mega-farms that supply this produce. The two traveled across nine Mexican states, observing conditions and interviewing workers.
For thousands of farm laborers south of the border, they found, the export boom is a story of exploitation and extreme hardship.