Farming Woes

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PHOTO 2008 BY Michael Heinrich (CC0)

A recent article by Natalie Kitroeff and Geoffrey Mohan has enlightened readers on the recent matter of the Trump Administration immigration crackdown’s effect on farmers over in California.

After taking the time to read this, there can be no greater emphasis placed on how much we owe to immigrants (even undocumented immigrants) for their labor and toil. While Trump has placed lots of attention on his promise to bring back jobs to America, that doesn’t exactly apply to the farming industry. According to the article, “…the raises and new perks have not tempted native-born Americans to leave their day jobs for the fields. Nine in 10 agriculture workers in California are still foreign born, and more than half are undocumented, according to a federal survey.” There is always the natural desire in humans to strive for a better position, to strive for greatness. While the farming industry is very respectable for harvesting food that eventually will reach the market and American homes, many Americans are looking for that higher salary that farming doesn’t provide.

What has happened over time to the United States? Has Californian agriculture’s importance died out? On the contrary, California’s agriculture is much much more important than people think. According to some statistics that my teacher had collected, California happens to be the sole provider of some fruits/vegetables for the rest of the country. Imagine if, all of a sudden, California stopped being able to produce these foods. With the law of supply and demand in mind, prices would start going up, leading to more expensive food.

So as you can see, perhaps it’s not the best decision to tighten up on immigration, but to find that moderate that allows business and government to both benefit. I do hope that a solution does exist…

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