(NAFB)--The American Farm Bureau Federation is making the point that consumers who enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables have a lot at stake when it comes to the availability of America’s agriculture workforce. A video released as part of the organization’s Bring the Heat grassroots campaign to engage with members of Congress during the August recess tells the story of a South Carolina peach farmer who relies on foreign workers to pick his crop. Chalmers Carr explains that without needed improvements to the agriculture labor program that would come as part of immigration reform - his fresh, juicy peaches would have a tough time making it to the grocery store. Carr says improvements to the H2-A program included in the Senate immigration reform bill are desperately needed. The U.S. House is still debating the issue. If they drop the ball - Carr says the ramifications for farmers and consumers will be enormous.
According to Carr - the fruit consumers eat is going to be harvested by a foreign national one way or another. He says the decision to make is whether you want it harvested here with our food safety regulations and our Food and Drug Administration governing how crops are grown - or harvested by that foreign national in another country where they don’t have the same food safety protocols.