Young people working long hours in agribusiness
Hear from the children themselves. NBC Bay Area talks to two dozen young teens who either currently work in the fields or used to work the fields of California about what it s like to pick the fresh food that you eat every day.
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Advocates who study migrant farm worker families estimate that as many as a half million of children currently work in the fields of America picking our food. Read More
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There’s a new push on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to change United States labor laws to give children working in agriculture the same protections as children who working in any other industry. Read More
Child labor laws in the United States are pretty tight -- except around agriculture. A six-year-old could be hired, for unlimited hours, to pick blueberries on a family farm. Other aspects of the law are explained in this video.
A 12-year-old could work after school under the dual legalities surrounding child labor under the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act. The toll this takes on their school work and family can be taxing.
Still images from the production, interviewing and recording of the footage used in our "Children in the Fields" investigative series.
This young woman discusses her circumstances and situation as an underage worker who helps get food to America's plate. She mentions some child laborers are as young as eight.
Pete Aiello is a farm owner and grower who started working in the fields when he was 7-years-old -- but his dad owned the farm.
Fernando emphasizes the importance of his son’s education. If he doesn’t prioritize schools, the boy will end up like him. He wants his son to be someone that will get ahead and not be a work horse like him.
Ralph’s mom says that when they first started, it was very difficult. Her husband’s salary just wasn’t enough. She wants more for her children than their current lifestyle has to offer. For now, Ralph will learn how rough...
The hardest crop this young man has had to pick are tomatoes. He was 11 years old when he first started picking crops in the field.