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Help Child Farmworkers

Have you ever wondered where your produce comes from? Have you ever thought about the farmworker involved?

In the United States, hundreds of thousands of children work in agriculture. These children work 10 or more hours each day, are frequently exposed to harmful pesticides and they get injured often. Children working on farms die more than four times as often as other working children.

Agriculture is the most dangerous job for a child in the United States. Our child labor laws allow child farmworkers to work longer hours, at younger ages and under more hazardous conditions than other working children. Many child farmworkers start working when they turn eleven and some start work as young as seven.

With their long work hours, many child farmworkers drop-out of school. Government statistics show that one-third of these children never finish high school. In addition, they are often payed less than minimum wage.

The Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act) would update US law to ensure that all working children are protected equally. Please ask your Congressional Representative to support this important bill.

Ask your congress person to support the CARE Act: sign this.

To learn more visit Human Rights Watch.

  • Amorette Crespo

    thank you so much for putting this on hellogiggles! this is such an important issue for everyone!

  • Amanda Hayes

    I think there should be some new restrictions on the age that adolescents can operate farm equipment, but most farms in the midwest are family owned and operated and those kids in the family will be inheriting the farm sooner rather than later. I think maybe the age should be higher, BUT the kids need to learn and get hands on experience prior to the age of 18. I would think that drop outs would be higher in an urban area vs. the rural area for farm kids working on their farms. If you could add some of that information to your article it would be great to have a comparison.

    I know we are just “fly over” states for some, but a lot of important work gets done here and it would be nice if someone could write an article about that vs. pin pointing some of the rare things that happen. The local Farm Bureau or extension office could maybe put on classes that could certify kids to work on farms, instead of just saying too bad you can’t do what your parents and your grandparents did on the farm you live on until you’re 18. If you know small rural towns there isn’t that much, and not that many hourly jobs available for students, and working on your farm can keep a kid out of trouble while training them for their future.

    That’s just my comment, but I think it’s worthwhile to see both sides.

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