Does the coffee industry use child Labor?

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asked May 2 in Other-Food Drink by Pickleface32 (920 points)
Does the coffee industry use child Labor?

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answered May 3 by lauanboy332 (1,110 points)
Outside the USA the coffee industry does use child labor for picking and carrying coffee beans.

Not all coffee plantations use child labor but a lot of them do and it's not usually the child's choice to work picking coffee beans.

Instead the child is usually trafficked and used as labor by the parents or other human trafficking places.

Children brought by their parents to coffee plantations are technically not employed by the owner of the coffee plantation, so the children do not receive any labor protections.

These kids are also taken out of school, and they toil in the fields for up to 10 hours a day.

Sometimes Injuries may result from extended heat exposure, poisonous agrochemicals, heavy lifting and other sharp tools involved in the coffee processing procedure.

The unprocessed coffee beans are planted in shaded nurseries and frequently watered.

After three to four years, the beans (seeds) will have grown into fruit-bearing plants.

The fruit, called a coffee cherry, is then either strip or selectively picked.

If strip picked, all of the cherries are taken off the branches.

Selective picking is more labor intensive since workers have to choose the red, ripe cherries from the bunch.

Harvests typically only occur once a year, and a single picker will harvest up to 200 pounds of cherries (yielding about 40 pounds of coffee) a day.

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