Friday, March 15, 2013

Eating Into Childhood?


A couple of years, Spring 2011 to be exact, the CBS News show 60 Minutes carried a segment about The Debate on Child Farm Labor. "No work, no pay." The father and two sons (ages 15, 13, I think) earn the minimum wage, during the summer time. They can earn enough - $10,000 to $12, 000 - during the summer to pay for their clothes and books during the school year. It touched me deeply that even here in America there are still many industries where people cannot earn a living wage. One of the farmers explained it in this way: "Americans want their fruits and vegetables the cheapest." Is childhood just an issue of cost or a sacrifice made for my eating? 

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