Food Industry

Published on November 29th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan


Children in the Fields [VIDEO]

child farmworker in the fields

I recently ran across a good video (below) on exactly what the title implies: children working in agriculture in the U.S. Talk about an under-acknowledged issue of great concern! The statements of the kids and documentation of child farmworkers in the video are chilling.

Some key info and quotes from the video:

  • Between 400,000 and 500,000 children (under 18) perform farm work in the U.S.
  • More than 200 million children work worldwide, 70% of them in agriculture.
  • “On some days it feels as if I was in an oven,” Mariana Gonzales, age 12.
  • Help me God because I don’t want to be here,” Selena Espinoza, age 11.
  • I prefer to die, because I don’t want to be there, working in the fields,” Yaresse Espinoza, age 15.
  • These farm workers are, at times, directly sprayed with pesticides from planes while working in the field.
  • Farmworkers are exposed to one billion pounds of pesticides each year.
  • “I’ve seen in other places that children were born without noses or mouths because of the chemicals they are using.”
  • 100,000 children are injured each year.
  • I have been working in the fields with my broken toe,” Jessica Garcia, age 13.
  • “I got hit with a machete in my knee,” Jesse Garcia, age 12.
  • “The average income for a migrant family is $15,000.”
  • “About 2/3 of farmworker children drop out of school before they finish high school [to help their family work on the farms].”

There’s much more in the video. I encourage you to check it out. Beyond the video, you can also visit the Association of Farmworkers Opportunity Program or Stop Child Labor for more info.

Related Story: Colbert Brings Ton of Attention to Immigrant Farm Workers [VIDEO]

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.

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