“Many share your sentiments,” Sam said looking up at Bill. “Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.”
“I’ll bet we could figure out a way to make it simple,” snarled Bill, “and I won’t miss a one of them!”
Duane and I looked on, wondering what was coming next.
“Ah, but you might miss them more than you think,” Sam said.
“How do you figure that? I suppose you’ve got some survival angle and are going to tell me I can’t survive without them.” Bill’s hands were on his hips now as he stood defiantly.
“Not quite,” Sam said softly. “But you might be surprised to know the unresolved immigration problems may have an unexpected impact on our food supply, and that may make you consider your survival with more due diligence.”
Duane perked up at that. “Oh? How’s that?”
“Pennsylvania’s largest tomato grower, who grows fresh to market tomatoes, says he’s cutting way back on his crop this year,” said Sam. “His supply of immigrant workers has diminished drastically, and local laborers don’t want to do the work, even at $16 an hour.”
“I’ll bet he hired a bunch of lazy Mexicans who are finally showing their true colors,” snapped Bill.
“Actually, laziness isn’t the problem and has nothing to do with this,” Sam said. “They’re concerned about the extra federal government scrutiny immigrants are receiving these days, regardless of whether they’re legal or illegal. The tomato grower says the government’s guest worker program needs to be revamped to make the situation better for him and other growers.”
“Yeah, well, that’s just one guy,” said Bill.
“Apparently this is something that is affecting other farm facilities, and consumers had better be aware of it,” Sam said.
“And you think this could affect our food supply?” asked Duane.
“It just might be one of those problems that has sneaked up on us,” Sam said. “It emphasizes the need to grow your own food.”
“Ah, you guys are hopeless. That’s not going to keep out illegals,” growled Bill, stomping back to his project.
He’s got a point,” Duane said.
“We’re not going to resolve the sticky immigration problem amongst ourselves,” Sam said. “I’m simply bringing another aspect of it to your attention. Our job is to focus on what we can do to survive in a world that has such problems. One solution is obviously to grow your own tomatoes.”
“Yeah,” said Diane. “Duane’s going to buy some plants soon.”
“That’s good,” Sam said. “Many good Americans grow tomatoes. And it’s more important now than ever.”