brazilian monkeys picking cotton

As farmers sought to establish the cotton industry in Texas and tried to deal with the big challenge of needing labor at unpredictable times of year:

Planters imported monkeys from Brazil and tried to teach them to pick cotton, but the animals in the end were uncooperative.  And geese, it turned out, will weed a cotton field when fenced in…[but] geese could not be trained not to trample cotton plants.

from The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, p23

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