A New England Reader Says Harvesting Machines Can Replace Stoop Labor

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10/11/06 – A Canadian Reader
Wonders If The United States Needs An Immigration Head
Tax?

From: 

[Name
Withheld]

Re: Steve
Sailer`s Column:

Pearanoia—Latest Scam
From The Cheap Labor Lobby

About a year and a half ago I saw an hour-long cable-TV
channel special devoted to the latest state of the
art in

crop-harvest mechanization
.  

The
program showed an excellent harvesting machine for all
the crops

traditionally thought
to require human labor,
and demonstrated the ingenious ways in which the

harvesting machines
work, from ones picking apples,
pears, plums, olives,

oranges
to stoop-harvesting crops like

strawberries
, broccoli and

tomatoes

A
whole gamut of crops can now be harvested by machine
with excellent results:  non-bruised fruits
and vegetables and therefore no more need for farm
harvest labor, just the initial investment in the
machine. 

I
remember the program`s pièce
de résistance,
saved for the very end, was
the mechanical harvester for dessert grapes. As opposed
to

grapes
slated for wine making, dessert grapes—also
known as table grapes—cannot be bruised
at all
in
the harvesting process or consumers won`t buy them.
Historically, table grapes have been harvested
by labor-intensive hand picking. 

Table grapes were the last hold out among fruit and
vegetable harvests believed resistant to mechanization.

My
conclusion: there is no more reason for

importing Mexican labor
for the cyclical fruit and
vegetable harvest in the U.S.


Joe Guzzardi
comments:


read


No Fruits For Their Labor
, an October 11th
Op-ed piece in the


San
Francisco Chronicle
by labor expert and open borders
advocate


David Bacon
. Bacon, confirming Sailer, describes
traveling recently throughout California without seeing
any fruits rotting on the trees.