Over 50 years ago, in 1965, the United States government implemented a test program that would replace farmworkers with high school students. The idea was farmers need help and high school students needed jobs, especially in the summer. It was a complete failure. It was actually worse than that. It was such a disaster that the United States government and participating American farmers immediately tried to bury information about the program because of what it revealed about working conditions, and the rigors of modern farming in America.
You can listen to the NPR interview of the researcher who peals back some of this history by clicking here. Or you can read about the research in this Valley Public Radio article, courtesy of the San Diego Tribune.