By Claire Stern
Updated Nov 20, 2014 @ 1:31 pm
Food Chains
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After cutting her teeth in television, Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria has moved on to take on broader, creative roles in production on a slew of shows, including Lifetime's Devious Maids, Hulu's Mother Up, and NBC's Tuned. But her role as executive producer in the new documentary Food Chains, whichchronicles the unfortunate circumstances of the poor living conditions of farm laborers, was rooted in a deep-seated love of food. "There's a huge interest in what we're eating today: gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free" she told InStyle at the film's New York premiere at the Ford Foundation. "Yet we don’t really think of the human cost behind where that food is coming from and who is picking it. I want to humanize the issue, and put a face to these statistics and data and so people can feel and see what these people are going through."

So what can you do to help? "Always buy organic," Longoria said. "Not because you’re not ingesting pesticides, but so farm workers aren’t sprayed by pesticides. The other thing is you can go to to see who’s part of the Fair Food Program. There's a letter you can print out that's ready-made, and you can take it to your grocer or fast food chain and tell them that you want change to happen. As a consumer, people think they’re not part of the chain, but that’s what the whole documentary is all about: You are part of this food chain whether you like it or not."

Watch the trailer for Food Chains below, and visit to learn more about the Fair Food movement. The film hits theaters on Friday.