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Forum Post: Corporate agriculture lobbies our rights away

Posted 6 years ago on April 26, 2012, 1:15 p.m. EST by extroll (47)
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[-] 2 points by JadedGem (895) 6 years ago

Well, I guess if they plan austerity measures in the future, you are going to have to expect some children to need to work. If you've deported all the illegals who do you expect to get to do the work? On small farms accidents can happen. I was watched by my grandparents who farmed and was out in the fields all the time with them. I was old enough to work at seven and by the time I was twelve I could do a full grown man's work everyday according to my grandpa. There are worse things than farm work. Its not slavery, it shouldn't be looked down upon. Its important and if you do it well you have a right to be proud of your work. Family farms do all they can to look after children and keep them safe. I don't have the same warm fuzzy feeling for industrial farms that don't shell out millions every time they cripple someone. They don't really care about workers the way small farms do and take care not to maim and cripple people.

[-] 1 points by JadedGem (895) 6 years ago

If they really want child labor they have to get school calenders changed so kids can bring in the harvest. You can't build a third world country without children cutting their teeth in the fields to prepare them for work in sweat shops. I find it disturbing that its corporate farms and their Monsanto poisons and patented seed lobbying against safe conditions for children.When I started working I got $10 per day and could buy a Barbie for everyday I worked. At 12 I made $20 a day, I started to buy my own school clothes. I should point out that all these years of low earnings are sitting on my social security bring it down. Many black people here think farm work is for slaves and many will not do it or allow their children to do it. But if the boarder is closed, it seems the big farms want to use children. Americans will have to get to use to getting their hands dirty from an early age it would seem. All of the crap lobbying adds up to one third world country in the making I'm afraid.

[-] 1 points by extroll (47) 6 years ago

The corporate farms don't use child labor, the small farms do. The law would make it illegal for a child to hold a flashlight.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

Do me a favor, and head on down to Florida and take a bunch of photographs to prove it.

I find the premiss hard to believe, so please get us some photos.

[-] 1 points by extroll (47) 6 years ago

I don't need to drive to Florida, because we have the internet. I can get a copy of proposed legislation while sitting here, and besides, Congress is north of there, you got the wrong direction.

Here's how broad the language is: the law would "prohibit operating and assisting in the operation of power-driven equipment and contain a limited exemption for student-learners." The rule defines power-driven equipment to include "machines, equipment, implements, vehicles, and/or devices operated by any power source other than human hand or foot power… Equipment operated by any source of energy, such as wind, electricity, fossil fuels, batteries, animals, or water, would all be considered ‘power-driven.’"

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

You do realize that prisonplanet is on the internet?

NO,no. We need you go down to Florida and get some good clear shots of those "industrial" farms. Take some of the small farms, for comparison.

A tripod and a nice long lens should do, along with a decent SLR camera of course.