Eva Longoria is engaging all her efforts in a new extracurricular project, that will hopefully reveal another side of her: the keen activist concerned about a wide series of social issues, like the fate of 400,000 children who are forced to work on farms only in the US.
Longoria wants to prove that she is so much more than a superficial desperate housewife; therefore, she has accepted to associate her image with a new documentary that reveals the sorrowful story of three kids working as migrant laborers in American farms, Huffington Post
She is the executive producer of the life-changing production suggestively called The Harvest. She has helped raise funds for the production and has contributed to its promotion.
This path is not completely new to her, since she has already revealed her interest for noble causes, as an advocate for several organizations, like the United Farm Workers.
Longoria stated she was shocked to find out that 400,000 children are stopped from going to school and receiving an education while being forced to work on fields.
Apart from the fact that such practices affect their future in an irreparable manner, they also expose them to great health risks.
Exploited kids usually work in a toxic environment and have to deal with an amount of chemicals up to four times higher than what their bodies can actually handle.
This alarming situation was a source of inspiration for The Harvest, considered by Longoria a suitable “political tool” to change both mentalities and curb the alarming number of victims made by this type of modern slavery.
Longoria calls for the CARE Act, meant to limit the age of children used as slaves on fields. Such a regulation is already active and efficient in other sector, but agriculture seems to make an exception.
The actress has managed to talk to the kids affected by this phenomenon and was surprised to find out that most of them don't have dreams or plans for the future. A high dropout rate correlated with forced labor is Longoria's main concern.
Apart from her important part in the Harvest, Longoria is keen to display an environmentally friendly attitude in her daily life. She drives a hybrid and she makes sure that the Beso restaurants she owns in Hollywood and Las Vegas serve only food coming from sustainable sources.