Farm worker urinating in a field in 1962 during harvesting of Heinz 57 tomatoes.
Farm worker urinating in a field in 1962 during harvesting of Heinz 57 tomatoes.

Toilets in the Fields?

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Farm worker urinating in a field in 1962 during harvesting of Heinz 57 tomatoes.

In 1962, when I was 18 years old, my father, Harvey Richards, went to Sacramento and set up a slide show in the hallway outside the Assembly where they were debating a bill to require California farmers to provide toilets for their workers.  The slide show consisted of photos like this one showing workers urinating and defecating in the fields while picking the crops.  The bill passed.

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