[Marxism] shaking the trees

michael perelman michael at ecst.csuchico.edu
Mon Mar 22 10:45:44 MST 2004

This seems to be an old story.  Farm mechanization begins with grain, which is relatively standardized and then moves to more difficult fruits and
vegetables.  Nut trees and many fruits have long been harvested by shaking.

Increases in mechanical harvesting calm during periods of labor shortage as in the Crimean war when reapers became common or with the development of the
mechanical tomato harvester, which was a direct response to farm worker organizing.

Wartime use of cotton mechanization was a major cause of subsequent Black migration.


Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
michael at ecst.csuchico.edu
Chico, CA 95929
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