I don't think anyone wants to pay more for fruits and vegetables than they do now. I've always said, "I'd shovel sh!t into the wind for if they paid me enough money - but who's going to give me that kinda' sh!t shovelin' money?"<quoted text>
My buddy has a dairy farm up in WI and he said he has a few laborers he employs as needed Ö not full time, but as he needs them.
Also a lot of your concerns, can be solved with a more liberal visa system that allows workers to come here for seasonal work, but then go back home when the work is done.
If I'm going to get cheap food as a result of paying for illegal immigrants to pick food, but then get stuck paying for their babies to be born in our hospitals, paying to educate them, pay to provide them with free school lunches and breakfasts, and to provide them with free medicaid, Iíd rather pay more for food and have Americans do those jobs. People will do jobs, if they are paid to do them. Pay me enough money (way more than I make now Ö) and Iíll quit my desk job and go pick food.
That's the problem - no one will pick berries for 14 hours a day in 110+ degree Georgia heat - other than immigrant farmworkers. They aren't taking antone's job from them, since no one wants to do their job anyways.