ONE BILLION POUNDS OF PESTICIDES are applied to crops annually in the United States. Ten to twenty thousand farmworkers are injured by pesticides on the job every year in the US. Short-term effects of pesticide exposures can include skin and eye injuries, nausea, headaches, respiratory problems, and even death.
Long-term exposure on the job can increase the risk of serious chronic health problems such as cancer, birth defects, neurological impairments and Parkinson’s disease for farmworkers, their families, and their children.
“It is long past time for farmworkers to get the same workplace protections that most other Americans in the workplace do,” said Eve Gartner, attorney for Earthjustice. “We encourage the EPA to strengthen and bolster a safeguard that will help protect those who are on the frontlines of our food system.”
Read the press release here: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2014/new-safeguards-seek-to-protect-farmworkers-from-pesticides