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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