Child Labor: Young Hands Picking Our Food

Child Labor: Young Hands Picking Our Food

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Some children as young as 8 years old, reportedly, are working long hours in sweltering heat -- here in California. Read More

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Aug 3, 2012 Share
Voices of the Children in the Fields

Voices of the Children in the Fields

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.

Aug 3, 2012 Share
New Calls for Change in Child Labor Laws

New Calls for Change in Child Labor Laws

There are now calls for change in United States labor policy following an NBC Bay Area investigation that uncovered children working in the fields of America. Read More

Aug 4, 2012 Share
Children in the Fields: North Carolina Tobacco Farms

Children in the Fields: North Carolina Tobacco Farms

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

Jun 28, 2013
Child Field Workers: Who’s Picking Your Food?

Child Field Workers: Who’s Picking Your Food?

It's something you may not think about while shopping at your grocery store, but children may be picking your produce. In a joint investigation with CNBC's Investigations Inc., we found U.S. citizens who have no other choice... Read More

Oct 25, 2012 Share
Congresswoman Moves To Crack Down On Children In Fields

Congresswoman Moves To Crack Down On Children In Fields

Debate over child labor law heats up on Capitol Hill following NBC Bay Area investigation that found thousands of children working in fields across America. Read More

Jun 27, 2013 Share
New Push to Change Child Labor Law

New Push to Change Child Labor Law

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

Aug 7, 2012 Share
U.S. Child Labor Laws Explained

U.S. Child Labor Laws Explained

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.

Aug 7, 2012 Share
The Toll on Child Laborers Explained

The Toll on Child Laborers Explained

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.

Aug 9, 2012 Share
Photo Gallery: Children in the Fields

Photo Gallery: Children in the Fields

Still images from the production, interviewing and recording of the footage used in our "Children in the Fields" investigative series.

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