Last week, Catholic Rural Life (CRL) promised a blog that shares experiences from recent Rural Life Celebrations, but they postponed that for next week because they wanted to respond to an article published by the Washington Post about safety concerns for farm laborers at large-scale dairy operations. Here is an excerpt from their response:
“Federal oversight of worker safety in the agriculture industry remains relatively light, mainly due to the fact that regulations established in years past for small, family operations haven’t kept up with the rapidly consolidating industry. (…) Solutions will not be easy: agricultural leaders must find a way to balance the financial impacts on the their industry with the safety and livelihoods of workers. Catholic Rural Life strives to listen to both sides, but knows we must adhere to the teachings of the Church.” Read the full response here.