WINTER VEGETABLES….Today the LA Times has a story about the shortage of immigrant labor to harvest the winter vegetable crop. Here’s how it starts:
“Come January, we could see lettuce rotting in the fields because there will be no one to pick it,” said Jon Vessey, who farms 8,000 acres near El Centro.
Hmmm. Jon Vessey. El Centro. 8,000 acres. Where have I heard that before?
Oh yeah. Now I remember. It was a week ago in the Washington Post, which ran an essentially identical story and used Vessey as its centerpiece. Copley News Service and USA Today have also quoted Vessey recently. What’s up with that? Is Vessey the only farmer concerned about his crops rotting in the field due to a lack of labor?