Children in the Fields - Stories You Should Know
AFOP interviews child migrant farmworkers laboring in US agriculture, courtesy of a mile-wide loophole in the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, exempting agriculture from child labor laws. Back in the day, the thinking was that children wouldn’t be able to help out on the family farm, if agriculture was covered. That was when 95% of farms in the US were family farms. Today, 95% of farms are gigantic mega-concerns owned and operated by corporations, who benefit mightily from the labor of underpaid migrant farmworkers. Time for a re-do?