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Industry Labor and Labor Unions

Industry labor and labor unions, as they pertain to food, can be organized into three overarching industry sectors: (1) agriculture; (2) packing, distribution, and retail; and (3) service. In all three areas, the primary investment of food industry labor is in delivering food to a consumer. Labor unions are a part of food industry labor because they represent workers who are employed, or in some way provide labor, in all three of the aforementioned areas. Although food industry labor and food industry labor unions are a part of a global system, this entry uses the system in the United States as its primary example for food industry labor and food labor unions.

Agriculture Sector
Farms and Agricultural Workers

Historically, agricultural workers on farms (e.g., farmers) were the primary ...

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