The Toxic Secret of California’s Salad Bowl

JoAnn Chateau

A photo essay: The personal stories of farmworkers reveal the hardships and dangers that they put up with – especially repeated exposure to toxic chemicals.  At the end, you may sign a petition to urge the EPA to improve the Worker Protection Standard (WPS).

Photo: Dave Getzschman for EarthJustice.

The Toxic Secret of California’s Salad Bowl

Dangerous pesticides a way of life for farmworkers

The farmworkers who help bring fresh fruit and produce to your table aren’t protected by the safety standards most workers in the U.S. enjoy. They rely on the Worker Protection Standard, an outdated rule the EPA claims it will revise before the Obama Administration leaves office. The farmworkers’ reality is often a nightmare of back-breaking work and repeated exposure to toxic chemicals. The stories of individuals who live this reality allows us to get beyond the statistics of 2.5 million farmworkers in the U.S., experiencing 10,000–20,000 reported…

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About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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