Immigration Crackdown Expected To Increase Crops Left Unharvested In California Fields

Posted by Bridget Ryan, June 29, 2017

Farmers in California often struggle to find enough workers to harvest fields bursting with crops. Now the situation is growing dire as crackdowns on immigrants are leaving tons of food to rot in fields.

Last year some $13 million in strawberries, broccoli, lettuces and other crops were plowed under in Santa Barbara County alone for lack of pickers, the Santa Barbara Independent reports, citing the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California. The situation this year is expected to be far worse. Five years ago the loss was just $4.4 million, the Independent says.

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