David 'Mas' Masumoto

April 26, 2014

David Mas Masumoto: If Steinbeck were a farmer

Seventy-five years ago, John Steinbeck published "Grapes of Wrath," a tale about the plight of displaced Okies and their journey from Dust Bowl Oklahoma to the Central Valley of California, where they hoped to find work and a new life. When I first read "Grapes of Wrath" in high school, I was stunned to see a side of our valley, our farms and our people I had not imagined. A land of plenty contrasting with the plight of farmworkers. The constant struggle of poverty while trying to scratch out a living in our dirt. Hunger in a land where growing food is driven by business and money.

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About David 'Mas' Masumoto

David 'Mas' Masumoto

Award-winning author and organic farmer David Mas Masumoto of Del Rey writes about the San Joaquin Valley and its people. Email: masmasumoto@gmail.com.

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