Child Labor-The Future of Farm Kids

Social Movement: The Futrue of the Farm Kids – Child Labor

A Social movements are a type of group action.They are large informal groupings of individuals or organizations which focus on specific political or social issues. In other words, they carry out, resist or undo a social change.

Social movement – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (n.d.). Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved February 19, 2013, from

To me a social movement is when a group of people or an organization come together to pursue a change within an issue of social issue or politics. The social movement that I chose is dealing with the agriculture industry. As a child that has grown up in the agriculture world and is currently living a lifestyle surrounded by the agriculture industry, I found this very fascinating. To me, this is a social movement because it deals with the government wanting to change the laws regulating farm kids working ability. For instance, kids under 15 would only be allowed to work on their family farms, and restricted from working with breading animals such as bulls, boars, sows and nursing cows. Kids under 16 would not be allowed to operate most types of farm power equipment and kids under 18 are not allowed to be near grain elevators and livestock exchanges or auctions unless an agricultural worker. When discussing this movement the four P’s should be considered, product, price, promotion, and place. The product is effected by the development and responsibilities of children who work in agriculture. Priced that are paid are that opportunities that children loose from the restrictions of the law. You can also say that the price that people pay are to those who lives are lost from not have restrictions in place. Online law summaries and social media flayers are effected by the promotions. Lastly, agriculture related jobs that employ children under the age of 18 are being effect in the place aspect. The pros to this law is that it would bring agricultural labor laws closer to labor laws in other fields of work, it would limit those who can operate machinery and where it can be operated, and it would promote more and new education in agriculture. The cons on the other hand to this movement would be that more government would be involved in agriculture, public perception and misunderstandings of what the law would be proposing, and it would restrict the growth in agriculture that comes from kids who do not already live on a farm.

The government felt that by allowing young children to work on the farm goes against the child labor laws. However in my opinion, working on the farm is a way families chose to raise their children to have good work ethic, responsibilities and good character. This movement was brought forth in the summer of 2012, and stirred up a lot of discussion especially for those individuals who would be affected by this law. By passing this law, it would mean that the families who lived and had a working lifestyle on the farm could not have their children engage in simple tasks as helping clean stalls, feeding and watering animals, or gathering eggs. This is like saying that children should not be taught simple tasks of responsibility and work ethic. To me, if this law was to be passed then no child should be allowed to do any work of any sort. That means no chores, no folding laundry, no mowing the lawn, and no feeding the family pet. Because in my eyes, this is the exact same as the children that do work on the family farm within reason.


-Jessica Rodenbeck

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