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  •  Thanks Joe, more depressing news from WH: (5+ / 0-)
    the White House has decided to scrap rules proposed last year that would have prevented minors from performing certain agricultural work deemed too dangerous for children.
    Supposedly this is for the family farmers.

    Guess the WH can't tell the difference between a family farm and ag business. As someone who worked on both as a child, I can say this regarding strawberries:

    The strawberries on our farm were picked luscious and ripe, they were organic even tho we didn't use that term. Us kids could eat all we wanted as we picked. All the strawberries we picked ended up on our table.

    When we worked for a grower, the strawberries were green, they were full of a terrible spray that stained our hands. We pulled a heavy flat, we had to pick fast. We could only stop at break time to drink or use the bathroom. No one watched over us to make sure we didn't get too much sun or too overheated.

    I call bullshit on the WH on this. Children should not be working on these industrial "farms."

    God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

    by JayRaye on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 12:56:33 PM PDT

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