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Pesticide Protection for Farmworkers

Farmworkers pick strawberries in Wayne County, NY.

Farmworkers pick strawberries in Wayne County, NY.

Photo Courtesy Of Alina Diaz / Alianza Nacional De Campesinas

Case Overview

The Environmental Protection Agency is allowing the continued use of azinphos-methyl and phosmet, two highly dangerous agricultural chemicals that attack human nervous systems and can cause death. Earthjustice represents farmworkers and others to halt the use of the chemicals. In April 2005, the United States Supreme Court upheld the right of people to sue pesticide maufacturers to compensate for injuries caused by toxic pesticides. Earthjustice Managing Attorney Patti Goldman was the chief author of the friend of the court brief.

Case Updates

April 2, 2015 | Blog Post

Strengthen Protections for Those Who Help Grow Our Food

We live in one of the richest nations on earth, but nearly 3 million agricultural workers who cultivate and harvest our food lack the basic protections they need to keep themselves and their families safe from harmful pesticides.

February 6, 2015 | Feature

Infographic: Following the Fruits of a Romantic Date

Special occasions often require a special touch, like a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a basket filled with luscious strawberries, or a bottle of the finest wine. But what about the people and places that harvested those crops before the date? How do they fare?

January 22, 2015 | Blog Post

Hugs Laced with Pesticides

Elvia Vasquez, a former farmworker sickened while working in the fields of California, now educates farm laborers to prevent more poisonings.

December 5, 2014 | Feature

Pesticide Exposure in Muck Fields & Ferneries in Florida

No one else in this country faces a more poisonous, unregulated workplace than the agricultural worker. These stories of agricultural workers in Florida demonstrate the need for stronger protections.

December 1, 2014 | Blog Post

A Food Fight For Our Times

Food is inherently linked to food production, the protection of workers and the environment

October 9, 2014 | Feature

The Toxic Secret of California’s Salad Bowl

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. The farmworkers’ reality is often a nightmare of back-breaking work and repeated exposure to toxic chemicals.

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