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Health Risks To Farmworkers Increase As Workforce Ages

Enlarge this image Researchers point to a number of causes for dwindling farmworkers: tighter border controls; higher prices charged by smugglers; well-paying construction jobs and a growing middle-class in Mexico that doesn’t want to pick vegetables for Americans. Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images That bag of frozen cauliflower sitting inside your freezer likely sprang to life in a vast field north of Salinas, Calif. A crew of men and women here use a machine to drop seedlings into the black soil. Another group follows behind,…

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