Demand Toxic Pesticide Protections
  • Petitioning Secretary Vilsack

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Secretary Vilsack
President of the United States

Demand Toxic Pesticide Protections

    1. Sponsored by

      Earthjustice

Americans want inexpensive, perfect-looking fruit and vegetables, and pesticides do the trick. But those good looks come at the expense of farmworkers who wade through fields soaked with toxic pesticides to pick what we eat.

Each year, 10,000 to 20,000 farmworkers and their families contract acute pesticide poisoning, according to the federal government. They suffer stinging eyes, rashes, blisters, nausea, headaches and even death. Long-term impacts include infertility, birth defects, endocrine disruption, neurological disorders and cancer.

You can help end this travesty by joining with us in demanding stronger worker protections.

Our target is the weak and outdated Worker Protection Standard, which is meant to safeguard farmworkers but hasn’t been revised for more than 20 years despite overwhelming evidence of its inadequacy.

Act with us in calling on the EPA to strengthen the Worker Protection Standard by:

-Providing more frequent and more comprehensible pesticide safety training for farmworkers
-Ensuring that workers receive information about specific pesticides used in their work
-Requiring safety precautions and protective equipment limiting farmworkers’ contact with pesticides
-Requiring medical monitoring of workers who handle neurotoxic pesticides

Workers in other sectors of industry are protected from hazardous chemicals, but not farmworkers. Let’s restore their right to a healthy environment!

 

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    • Jennifer O'Hare SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ
      • 5 months ago

      So tired of this stuff being dumped over my head. How long before we are all sick enough for people to realize how stupid this is?

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    • charmaine shi BURNABY, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      if this is being put on to my food i don't trust what i am eating nor do i know what i am eating so i prefer having pesticide protection i don't want to be poisoned with toxins

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    • melanie gotsis CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MD
      • 9 months ago

      How can Anyone KNOWINGLY Destroy the Earth and their own Families/future generations, let alone all of the rest of us!!?

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    • Judith Blair ITHACA, NY
      • 10 months ago

      I've heard that farm workers have been picking unprotected in fields so toxic that the only way to enter them safely is in full haz-mat gear. I eat organic rather than support the use of toxic pesticides but most people don't and the workers who are exposed need full protection and medical treatment for conditions related to exposure.

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    • Nancy Nichols GLENVIEW, IL
      • 10 months ago

      Health First! We need to irradicate corporate farms and return our land and food production to individual organic farmers. It's the only sane, scientific, and moral solution.

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