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Originally posted by spyder550
16/hr LOL the min wage for farm work is about 5.75 per hour. Good luck finding 16.oo
Originally posted by dreams n chains
I have not read this whole thread yet... but... What many are not taking into consideration is that it is too dangerous for a white American female (or even male, really) to take any of these jobs..... even though we desperately need the money and are very willing to work hard, per norm, to earn it.
Many jobs in this area (Florida/Georgia) are too dangerous because of the illegal immigrants and the ex-cons that they've already hired on these jobs. Anyone that doesn't understand that what I'm saying is the truth and not some racial degradation....... is apparently not a white woman that has ever been around a group of that making.
Originally posted by dreams n chains
It would be suicidal of me to take one of those jobs... and many others not covered in this thread, because of who they hire.
Television fans of "Deadliest Catch" would probably say fishermen hold the most dangerous job, and they would be right. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fishing is the most dangerous occupation with more than 71 deaths per 100,000 workers.
The second most dangerous occupation belongs to pilots and navigators, which is a little worrisome to those of us who are frequent flyers. In third place come loggers. Timber cutters suffer fatalities nearly 30 times higher than those employed in a typical workplace, most killed by falling trees.
The fourth most dangerous job is structural metalworkers, which is understandable since they walk the girders. In fifth place are waste management workers whose biggest threat comes on roads where they are exposed to fast moving vehicles while doing their jobs.
Power line workers are in seventh place, followed closely by roofers in eighth. In ninth place are construction workers and tenth place belongs to truck drivers.
What, you say I skipped one? Let's see, structural metalworkers, waste management workers – oh, yeah, the sixth most dangerous job…farming.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, farming is more dangerous than police work and firefighting. Those who serve with the police force and fire departments know their jobs are dangerous and are highly trained in protecting each other. Farmers frequently work alone.
... Farmers also operate large machinery when planting and harvesting and are always under pressure to get the crop in or out of the ground before the weather changes.
Working long hours for many consecutive days with heavy machinery is all too often a recipe for disaster. Another risk is farmers move machinery from one field to another via county roads where drivers frequently speed. Many drivers are not looking for a slow moving combine over the next hill.
Originally posted by CuriousEnigma
Easy fix. Jobless people on unemployment can continue to receive unemployment compensation while working these farm jobs. Jobs filled. People that normally wouldn't work it because it would end their unemployment checks (and not be much more money) would love the extra cash.
The gubment would have to pay them to sit around anyways, so this puts them to work, and fills a need.
Originally posted by ofhumandescent
There are more of us at the bottom of the pyramid than at the top.
Over the years Monsanto has sued farmers alleging they have stolen the corporation’s intellectual property by saving their proprietary seed rather than purchasing new seed each year that would include a “technology fee.” Because pollen, and genetics, can be spread through the wind, or by insects, farmers are vulnerable to having their crops contaminated and then subsequently being sued by Monsanto.
Through modern biotechnology, it may be possible to develop crops that will not produce viable offspring seeds or that will produce viable seeds with specific genes switched-off. Gene Use Restriction Technology (GURT) includes a range of technologies employed at the genetic level, designed to limit the use or spread of specific genetic material in agriculture.
Sterile seed technology is a type of GURT in which seed produced by a crop will not grow. Dubbed “terminator technology” in the popular press, many have expressed concerns that sterile seed technology might pose a threat to the livelihood and way of life of small landholder farmers in developing countries. These farmers have saved seeds to plant the next crop for centuries.
Monsanto has never developed or commercialized a sterile seed product.