Agriculture
6:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Field Notes: Immigrant children share dreams beyond the slaughterhouse

In Noel, Mo., these Somali refugee children have dreams beyond the Tyson poultry plant where their parents work.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

For our special series “In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse,” Reporter Peggy Lowe and I interviewed immigrant children in Noel, Mo., and Garden City, Kan., whose parents work for Tyson Foods poultry and beef plants.

It’s often backbreaking and disgusting work. That’s why many of the kids we interviewed don’t want to follow their parents into the plants. They have dreams of a better life.

Listen to this week's Field Notes to hear Abdi, Soe Soe, Oscar, Bihn, Mumino, Habibah, Thaw Hay Da and Nestor share their life-long goals.

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