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Small children are climbing 60-foot trees to harvest your açaí

The sun had barely risen, but José Armando Matos de Lima, 11, was already on the job

As his sisters slept in their hammocks, the boy fired up the family’s longboat, headed upstream and collected the order of the day: 15 buckets — more than 450 pounds — of açaí.

  • Terrence McCoy
  • The Washington Post

He was dreading the task ahead…

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