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97% of U.S. residents are at risk from toxic organohalogen flame retardants in their bodies

Is there anything more primal than the fear of fire?

The chemical industry has exploited that fear for decades to boost sales of toxic flame retardants by convincing manufacturers that we need to protect ourselves by putting these chemicals in a wide array of household products from chairs to nursing pillows to the plastic casing around electronic products (like televisions and laptops that are doused in flame retardants before they're sold to the public).

Farmworkers picking cauliflower in Salinas, California in June 2014.

We live in one of the richest nations on earth. Most of us never miss a meal unless we choose to. But, ironically, the nearly 3 million agricultural workers who cultivate and harvest the food that ends up on our tables lack the basic protection they need to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy. Some 150,000 of these workers live in Florida and their work literally makes them sick while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the agency tasked with safeguarding agricultural workers, delays strengthening needed protections.

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