Today, I read that 42% of the agricultural laborers in California between
1995 and 1997 were illegal aliens.
I am wondering if anyone can comment on what sort of structural changes
would be necessary for California to meet its agricultural
labor needs using legal laborers ? What volume of total laborers does 42%
add up to ? How much do Californias farmers save in production costs by
making such extensive use of cheap illegal labor ?
How much of an issue is this use of illegal labor amongst Californias
sustainable ag community ?
U of MD
BTW, I recently learned that scientists at the USDA-ARS Beltsville
agricultural research center, are currently investigating the injection of
bacteria grazing nematodes into irrigation water, to stimulate a timely
flush of organic matter decomposition...
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