Because the stuff is about to get more expensive.
See, in the winter, immigrant workers come to Yuma, AZ to harvest more salad-type crops. Or, rather, they have been coming to Yuma.
With State Bill 1070 still firmly in place, most immigrants probably aren’t going to venture over here.
For those of you who are unaware of the situation, a new bill was passed in Arizona: Police should ask anyone who seems like an immigrant to provide valid proof of citizenship, or they are subject to detention.
Oh, but they have to do it without racial profiling.
I’m going to skip the Lewis-Black-style rant about how improbable that goal is, and just stick to looking at the long-term results. The police will be under scrutiny, and so you can bet this bill will get enforced in some way, shape or form. (If citizens judge that the police aren’t enforcing the bill, they can sue the police department. You can’t make this stuff up.)
Point being, it would take either supreme desperation or complete stupidity for most illegal immigrants to come to Yuma. And if there aren’t people willing to work for equivalent wages, well then the extra costs will be heaped onto food prices.
It’s yet another good reason to skeedaddle on down to Walgreens and pick up some seeds. Depending on the climate you’re in, you may still be able to plant lettuce — even if it’s just in a medium-sized pot over by the window.
People with a yard, of course, can get a little more expansive, though I’m often sorely tempted by those upside-down tomato growers that you see ads for on TV. But I have a feeling the cats would just get frisky and decide to use their claws for some homemade salsa.
Granted, this is just one sector of the produce market, but I think it will have more of an impact than people think. Anything involving that produce will probably pass the extra costs on to consumers. So we may all be surprised how much we are affected by this very strange offshoot of a very strange law.
Does anyone have plans underway to get ready for higher food prices this year? Anyone trying canning, or buying a chest freezer? (My mom swears by hers.)
PS. I would appreciate it if we could have a nice, rational discussion without the vitriol that often accompanies immigration discussion. Which is to say that, yes, I’m aware you can also call them aliens. Synonyms abound. Let’s just keep them clean folks, eh?