Stephen Colbert takes his fruits and vegetables very seriously. Colbert, 46, used his extensive knowledge of farming to testify on Friday at a hearing called "Protecting America’s Harvest." His appearance followed a segment on his show in which he spent one day working on a farm in upstate New York for the United Farm Workers Association, in a capacity often fulfilled by illegal workers. 

Even before he began to speak, he was asked to leave. Representative John Conyers, concerned by the number of reporters present, told Colbert he was a distraction. But Representative Zoe Longren, who invited Colbert to speak, stopped him. "Many are eager to hear his comments," she said. For his part, Colbert seemed thrilled to be there. "I am happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important, complicated issue," he said. "I certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to CSPAN-1." 

Though his testimony verged more on the absurd than the factual, his sly wit managed to highlight some key points while still holding to his conservative persona. "This is America, I don’t want my tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, then sliced by a Guatemalan and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian." –AMY LEE

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