March 23-24, 2010
Do you know how many tomatoes a
These were the questions I asked students at
The purpose of this whole endeavor was to raise awareness among college students about the challenges faced by the farmworkers who provide us with the very produce we eat. So, *spoiler alert*: In order to fill one 32-lb bucket of average sized tomatoes, a farmworker has to pick about 170 tomatoes. And in order to make the FL minimum wage ($7.25/hr), farmworkers have to fill about 16 buckets per hour. If you break that down, that means they have to fill one bucket every 3-4 minutes; that’s about 45 tomatoes per minute, 1 tomato every 1.2 seconds.
And that doesn’t include the amount of time it takes them to run—carrying the 32 lb bucket on their shoulder—to the truck, empty their buckets, and run back to their spot to continue picking. So, here’s my next question: