Labor in Citrus Groves and Globalization

This week, I spent time listening to an interview with Lonnie Blanton. He was a citrus grower in the Upland area and his interview provided insights into the citrus growing process. Toward the middle of the interview, Blanton reflects on labor patterns. He suggests that the relationship between the United States and Mexico could be mutually beneficial especially in terms of a more relaxed immigration/labor policy. This comment made me think about current political discussions surrounding labor and migration. In addition, it related to some of the readings I have done for my Senior Seminar. In the course we have discussed the processes of globalization and particularly its relationship to capitalism. Listening to this interview made me reflect on the global patterns of economics (specifically the accumulation of capital wealth) and its effect on sociopolitical relationships over time.