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.
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 They rely on the Worker Protection Standard, an outdated rule the EPA claims it will revise before the Obama Administration leaves office.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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