06 Oct '11, 4pm

Farmers battling the recession by hiring out-of-work locals in lieu of legal migrants struggle to keep them on the farm

Farmers battling the recession by hiring out-of-work locals in lieu of legal migrants struggle to keep them on the farm

Photo: tpmartins In a 2006, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made a now-famous declaration doubting that Americans were capable of farm labor. He dared audience members to accept a job picking lettuce for $50 per hour, insisting, even when one person accepted, "You can't do it, my friends." While that comment created an uproar at the time, I'm sure many people would secretly agree that most Americans don't have the physical stamina nor the appetite for manual labor. And now, The New York Times reports that farmers in some areas of the country are discovering that very fact for themselves. The story features John Harold, a vegetable farm owner in Colorado, who reduced the number of legal migrant workers he hired through the government's guestworker visa program this year. He figured that with the minimum wage for guestworkers up to $10.50 (while Colorado's minimum wage is $7.36),...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/sustainable-farming/2011-10-05-there...

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