Editor's note

Americans across the country are increasingly finding bare shelves at their local grocery stores as the coronavirus crisis worsens. Fortunately, the U.S. food supply remains bountiful, and those shelves are quickly being replenished, thanks to a small army of migrant workers toiling on farms across the country.

But, as Drake University sociologist Michael Haedicke explains, these mostly undocumented laborers are particularly vulnerable to exposure to COVID-19. This in turn endangers the nation’s food supply.

And, is the coronavirus forcing you to make difficult choices? Is it OK to hire someone to shop for you? Should you break up a group of teens refusing to social distance? Our experts will help you navigate through these and many other ethical questions that you may have in these times. Send your questions to us-ethicalquestions@theconversation.com.

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A farmworker picks lemons at an orchard in Mesa, California. Brent Stirton/Getty Images

How coronavirus threatens the seasonal farmworkers at the heart of the American food supply

Michael Haedicke, Drake University

The US food supply depends on several million agricultural laborers, who are mostly undocumented, tend to work in close quarters and lack medical insurance.


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