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Our target is the weak and outdated Worker Protection Standard, which is meant to safeguard farmworkers but hasn’t been revised for more than 20 years despite overwhelming evidence of its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