Motion to Intervene: Farmers, Environmental Groups Defend Moratorium of GMO Crops on Hawai‘i’s Big Island
Kimberly White is an office assistant with the Northeast regional office in New York, NY.
Farmworkers share stories from the frontlines, in this third installment of a weekly series:
Part 3: Living near toxic fields
"As a child, my family worked in the fields bordering the Denver area. Spraying with pesticides was done while we were working or the evening prior. On weekends, our father joined us and the earnings were used to stock up for the winter. Many of our neighbors, relatives and friends also worked in the fields until school started in the fall.
Scientists and fishermen agree that the industrial midwater trawl fleet is taking a toll on many species on the Atlantic Coast. The massive nets of these vessels kill millions of river herring and, increasingly, the juveniles of some commercially important groundfish such as haddock. Unfortunately, an important action to rein in this damage is facing a substantial delay.