Food Systems

Robot Apple Picker Could Obsolete Hundreds Of Thousands Of Mexican Laborers

Abundant Robotics is a spinoff of the global elite SRI International (Stanford Research Institute) based in Palo Alto, California Apples have been picked the same way – by hand – throughout history, but not any more. In Washington state alone, over 125,000 seasonal workers from Mexico pick apples – it’s estimated that as many as 70 percent of them are illegals. Americans generally refuse to pick apples, unless it is a tree in their own back yard.