Heavy Toll on Young Hands

More than 250,000 children younger than 16 harvest food in the US each year, with many working in unsafe or exploitive environments.

Farms and farm labor companies across the US have been cited for child labor violations in the last 5 years, some involving 5 and 6 year olds. In situations where farmworkers are paid by the piece, they have an incentive to enlist young hands to help, according to this Civil Eats article.

In 2012, 38 children were injured in agricultural incidents every day, and one child died every 3 days, according to government data.

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