Eva Longoria's excellent new DVD documentary, "The Harvest," is about child laborers in the farm fields.
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Eva Longoria's excellent new DVD documentary, "The Harvest," is about child laborers in the farm fields.

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Oct 11, 2011 at 9:14 PM PDT
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Do you know where your food comes from in the USA? Who picks your produce--12-year old kids or adult laborers? Actress Eve Longoria supported the documentary, "The Harvest," about child migrant laborers.

Kids are harvesting the produce you eat, children as young as age 12. Check out the October 11, 2011 Sacramento Bee article by E.J. Tamara from Associated Press, "Eva Longoria-backed migrant doc out Tuesday on DVD - Wire Entertainment." For more information on this documentary film, see the site, The Harvest (documentary). Who's responsible for harvesting your food? See, The Harvest (La Cosecha) Old Trailer - YouTube.

Eva Longoria wants to know where her food comes from and take responsibility for it. The basis of the documentary is that too much of the harvesting work in the United States is done by migrants from Latin America, especially Mexico. Longoria is concerned about children growing up in the fields. Have you ever wondered where the produce--fruits and vegetables--come from when you buy them in any given Sacramento supermarket? See, Eva Longoria-backed migrant doc out Tuesday on DVD.

Longoria emphasizes in the Associated Press article that she wants to take responsibility to know where U.S. food comes from. Human Rights Watch | Defending Human Rights Worldwide reported in 2010 that at least 10 percent of hired farm laborers in the United States were under 18, but said that accurate numbers were hard to come by. According to the documentary, more than 400,000 children work in U.S. farm fields.

Eva Longoria is the executive producer of "The Harvest." She raised nearly $1 million for the film, which will be released on DVD Tuesday. Eva Longoria is involved with farm workers advocacy.

The point is how many children are working as field laborers in the fields harvesting the foods you buy in supermarkets. The film also shows how a 12-year old girl works in the field, having worked at picking produce since she was too young to remember. The film notes that the child picks onions in Texas from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., earning $64 a week.

The rest of the adult laborers also endure the same situations. Migratory work makes education difficult if not impossible for many children.

If you had to vote, would you raise the minimum age for field work in the U.S. from 12 to 14 years? Or older? Should penalties for labor infractions against young field workers be put into law? What about children's exposure to pesticides? These kids are not just picking 'organic' produce. There's a lot of pesticide exposure.

Longoria hopes the film will change policy. Kids belong in school, not at work. What would you like to see changed if a bill passes on child labor in the fields picking produce? How would you take responsibility and what would you do--to find out where your food comes from?

AnneHart is based in Sacramento, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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