Cesar Chavez

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"Why I stopped eating iceberg lettuce"

Why I stopped eating iceberg lettuce

Way back in the 70’s when the height of the protests began, I learned of the inhuman treatment given to the lettuce pickers and though I am not Hispanic, I identified with Cesar Chavez and his fight to gain these workers a union. He asked us all to boycott iceberg lettuce and I did. At that time the only choice was unbagged lettuce and I started using romaine lettuce. Eventually stores started stocking field greens, but I think for 20 years I did not eat any iceberg lettuce due to this protest. Only recently, since I know these workers have become a unionized group, I started eating it again. Cesar Chavez was the voice of the workers and his influence spread all across the country, since I was living in Buffalo, NY at the time of the protest.