Really really interesting article in today's NY Times about US Farmers who are now 'offshoring'.
Fed up with 'the flighty winds of change' regarding their seasonal laborers 'legal status' depending on whether its an election year or not.
Farmers are starting to realise how easy it is to move their operations (or a part of) a few hundred miles south into Mexico where there is a very willing and able workforce to implement their plans.
I'm wondering when the USA government is going to realise that this is a 'major' change in how the nation is fed. If your farming community is no longer even tied to your land then offshoring is a really big issue.
The US government is going to be in a position in the very near future where they are competing for the brightest and most efficient 'mind capital' that is stored in these farmers minds to try and 'win them' back to the USA with grants and tax breaks and subsidies.
Like I've said in more than a few blog posts, governments globally now need to understand that you are in a competition with every other country globally to try and attract the brightest and smartest 'intellectual capital' to their shores.
Yes quality of life etc comes into consideration but there are other factors that are more 'malleable' and can be influenced by the government directly.
Either way I think that the USA government is going to pay the piper for their electioneering rhetoric about immigration this year when everyone already knows that the USA cant survive without cheap labor.
And as for politicians complaining about Chinese toy recalls.....lets discuss the amount of recalls causing actual loss of life in the American auto industry....didn't hear you guys grandstanding then did we.
Anyway hope you enjoy the article.
P.S. Offshoring farming.....I remember doing a presentation on offshoring in 2002 and it was certainly in my 'not possible to offshore list' - wow how times change.