Fruits of Wrath

Fruit pickers in the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, railing against a life of grinding poverty, have blocked roads, staged marches and held meetings with lawmakers since March as frustration over working conditions boiled over. One labourer in San Quintin, south of the border town of Tijuana, sleeps with his family on the bare earth in a tiny wooden shack on scrubland. He said after picking between 242 lbs and 440 lbs of strawberries a day he earns from $56 to $79 a week. Strawberries fetched $2.36 a pound on average in the United States in 2013. [16 photos total]

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Produce pickers pose for a photo with handkerchiefs tied around their faces to shield themselves from the sun and pesticide sprayed on fruits and vegetables in the farms in San Quintin in Baja California state, Mexico on March 30. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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A produce picker's house stands in San Quintin in Baja California state, Mexico on April 1. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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Fruit pickers harvest strawberries at a farm in San Quintin in Baja California state, Mexico, April 1. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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38-year-old Genaro Perfecto, who works as a fruit picker, shows his hands which are stained with strawberry juice. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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Fruit pickers Genaro Perfecto, 38, and his wife Cecilia Feliciano, 37, pose for a photo with their children in the courtyard of their house. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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A produce picker removes clothes from a clothesline in the courtyard of a house in San Quintin. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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A produce picker carries her baby in San Quintin. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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Picker Hector Martinez, 33, looks at his mobile phone as he sits next to a fire while cooking in the courtyard of his house. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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A produce picker pushes a buggy in San Quintin. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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A destroyed and abandoned cardboard house is seen in San Quintin. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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Genaro Perfecto, 38, and his wife Cecilia Feliciano, 37, are seen inside their house in San Quintin. The family prepare to bed down for the night on a floor of bare earth. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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Produce pickers board a bus on their way to work in a neighborhood. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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Fruit pickers hold baskets of strawberries as they line up before weighing them at a farm. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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Children play behind a fence in San Quintin. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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A produce picker repairs the wall of his house in San Quintin. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #
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Produce picker Cecilia Feliciano, 37, lies down with her daughter inside her house. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters) #

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