rotting cropsI’ve been predicting problems at grape harvest this year as our country’s insane immigration policies will discourage migrant labor from showing up to pick fruit. The brunt of the grape harvest is still many weeks away but stories of crops rotting in the fields are already beginning to appear.

Vegetable prices may be going up soon, as a shortage of migrant workers is resulting in lost crops in California.

Farmers say they’re having trouble hiring enough people to work during harvest season, causing some crops to rot before they can be picked. Already, the situation has triggered losses of more than $13 million in two California counties alone, according to NBC News.

It’s tempting to say this was an entirely avoidable problem. But that would presuppose it is possible to overcome bigotry with facts, apparently an unwarranted assumption in America today.