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Ana Alicia Torres Aguirre hugs Earthjustice attorney Andrea Delgado.

The people who grow and harvest our food will be better protected from pesticide exposure within the next year or so, thanks to an updated Agricultural Worker Protection Standard that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced earlier this week. Though the new standard isn’t perfect, it was welcomed by farmworker advocates from across the country who will be better protected on many fronts, as long as the states responsible for implementing and enforcing the new rules do their job.

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Amelia Ceja speaks to Earthjustice about her sustainable vineyard and winery.

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We do a lot of talking about what’s wrong with agriculture in this country—rampant use of dangerous pesticides, unfair labor practices that disrespect and disconnect farmworkers from our food chain and government agencies that have listened to Big Ag for far too long when it comes to the science of protecting our food system and, ultimately, the food we consume. 

Pedro Olviares

Watch dogging the pesticide industry is laborious, important work.  Patti Goldman, managing attorney of Earthjustice’s Northwest office has been at it for nearly three decades.  In a recent radio show appearance (below), she deftly explains the challenges of dealing with a complicated regulatory system, the years of dedicated legal and advocacy work by Earthjustice and others to strengthen these regulations, and the reasons why harmful pesticides are still widely used in agriculture today.

Introducing the short film Pesticide Lake

It has been Farmworker Awareness week all year for me.  In my work to build awareness for stronger pesticide exposure protections for agricultural workers, I’ve had the honor of meeting some of the most courageous people, who have risked their jobs and livelihoods, as well as those of their families, by going public and sharing their stories to improve workplace conditions for those working on the front lines of growing and harvesting our food, nursery and other agricultural goods. 

Elvia Vasquez

This is the sixth blog post in a series of personal stories from farm and agricultural workers, illustrating the need for stronger worker and safety protections against pesticide exposure. To get beyond the statistics of 10,000–20,000 pesticide poisonings on farms a year in this country, we go to the frontlines, beginning in California.

Pedro Reyes teaches English to farmworkers to help improve farmworker protection standards.

This is the sixth blog in a weekly series of personal stories from farm and agricultural workers, illustrating the need for stronger worker and safety protections against pesticide exposure. To get beyond the statistics of 10,000–20,000 pesticide poisonings on farms a year in this country, we go to the frontlines, beginning in California.

Olga Santos returned for the first time to the strawberry field where she was sprayed with toxic pesticides while eating lunch with her family as a young girl.

This is the fifth blog post in a weekly series of personal stories from farm and agricultural workers, illustrating the need for stronger worker and safety protections against pesticide exposure. To get beyond the statistics of 10,000–20,000 pesticide poisonings on farms a year in this country, we go to the frontlines, beginning in California.

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