Farmworkers Plan Major March to Publix; and Peter Breggin MD on the Danger of Psychiatric Drugs

02/28/13 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll speak with a leading expert on mental illness and psychiatric drugs…

And we’ll talk with an organizer of a 200 mile march from Fort Myers to the Publix Headquarters in Lakeland to demand better wages for farmworkers….

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First up—

Tomatoes are a huge crop in Florida- especially in the winter. For many years in Florida- wages for the people who harvest tomatoes remained flat- even as the cost of everything else went up. Several years ago the Coalition for Immokalee Workers began a campaign to raise wages for tomato harvesters. They started by targeting some of the big buyers of tomatoes such as Burger King, Taco Bell and Whole Foods. Little by little the companies agreed to buy tomatoes from growers who increased the pay to farmworkers by a penny a pound- but one of the biggest companies to refuse to participate is Publix- the giant Florida based supermarket chain. This weekend the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their supporters will begin a 200 mile march from Southwest Florida to Publix headquarters in Lakeland. Earlier today I spoke with Santiago Perez who is a veteran farmworker and Jake Ratner who is helping to organize the march.

Our next guest is Dr. Peter Breggin, MD. Breggin is a psychiatrist and the author of many books and scientific articles dealing with adverse drug effects, including “Medication Madness” (2008). His latest book is “Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guidebook for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families” (2013). He'll be appearing at the Florida Adlerian Conference this weekend at the Safety Harbor Spa. We're going to talk about the recent spate of mass shootings and whether prescription drugs might be involved.

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