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A farmworker harvests strawberries in Salinas, California. Farmworkers represent the backbone of our agricultural economy and their work is some of the most physically demanding labor in any economic sector. They are also among the least protected from hazards on the job and have one of the highest rates of chemical exposures among all U.S. workers.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
case April 26, 2021

Pesticide Protection for Farmworkers

Every year, approximately 20,000 agricultural workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — or as many as 300,000, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office — suffer pesticide poisoning. The immediate aftermath of acute pesticide poisoning can result in rashes, vomiting, and even death. In the long-term, pesticide exposure has been associated…

document December 29, 2020

Rural & Migrant Ministry et al v EPA – TRO Decision

Plaintiffs move for a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) and a preliminary injunction enjoining a regulation of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), scheduled to be implemented on December 29, 2020, from going into effect. Plaintiffs also move for a stay pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 705. For the following reasons, the TRO is granted and the Court will stay the effective date of the challenged rule, until January 12, 2021, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 705, pending a hearing on the application for a preliminary injunction.

Press Release December 21, 2020

Groups Challenge EPA’s move to gut pesticide spraying safeguards

Two million farmworkers are now more vulnerable to pesticide poisoning

document December 18, 2020

Memo in Support of Proposed Order – AEZ Challenge

Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc. et al v US EPA

document December 18, 2020

Proposed Order to Show Cause for Emergency Relief – AEZ Challenge

Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc. et al v US EPA

document December 16, 2020

AEZ Complaint

Rural & Migrant Ministry et al. v US EPA, re: AEZ Rollbacks

Press Release October 30, 2020

EPA Guts Pesticide Spraying Safeguards for Farmworkers

Two million farmworkers are now more vulnerable to pesticide poisoning

Press Release October 30, 2020

EPA Elimina Reglas de PrevenciĂłn de Envenenamiento de Pesticidas

Dos millones de trabajadores agrícolas son ahora más vulnerables envenenamientos

Annual National Farmworker Awareness Week is about the people who put food on our tables.
(Alejandro Dávila Fragoso / Earthjustice)
Article November 25, 2019

This Thanksgiving, Remember that Hands Grow Your Food

The people who grow our food deserve the same health protections that you and I enjoy. This Thanksgiving, you can take action to help them.

A farmworker harvesting tomatoes in a Southern California field.
(Dave Getzschman for Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory March 8, 2019

Farmworker and Pesticide Protections Saved

Farmworker and environmental health advocates praise Senate for preserving pesticide rules

Do you know where your Thanksgiving turkey came from?
(Jason Doiy / Getty Images)
Article November 16, 2018

A Just Way to Put Food on the Table

From banning toxic nerve agent pesticides to protecting our farmworkers, Earthjustice remains committed to remaking our food system into one that nourishes and sustains life for all of us.

document May 30, 2018

Legal Document: Farmworkers Sue Trump’s EPA for Illegally Shelving New Pesticide Training Materials

EPA acknowledges the updated training materials have been ready for more than a year, but is refusing to issue a notice in the Federal Register announcing their availability. Doing so would make the improved training mandatory for the industry.

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. Maria, a farmworker for more than two decades, stands in a California farm field. See Maria's story.
(Dave Getzschman for Earthjustice)
Press Release May 30, 2018

Farmworkers Sue Trump’s EPA for Illegally Shelving New Pesticide Training Materials

Delaying pesticide training materials puts the health of workers and families at risk

document April 17, 2018

Legal Document: FOIA Lawsuit Demands Information About EPA’s Plan To Gut Pesticide Protections

Farmworker Justice and Earthjustice file a lawsuit to force the Environmental Protection Agency to turn over communications between EPA and interest groups related to the anticipated gutting of pesticide safeguards that protect farmworkers, families, and communities from toxic chemicals.

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. Maria, a farmworker for more than two decades, stands in a California farm field. See Maria's story.
(Dave Getzschman for Earthjustice)
Press Release April 9, 2018

FOIA Lawsuit Demands Information About EPA’s Plan To Gut Pesticide Protections

Revisions to crucial pesticide protections could let minors work with pesticides, again

document April 2, 2018

Letter to EPA Administrator Pruitt on Agricultural Worker Protection Standard and Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule

The undersigned organizations urge the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to preserve the existing protections and to move forward with full implementation and enforcement

La Semana de ConcienciaciĂłn Nacional para los Trabajadores AgrĂ­colas trata de las personas que hacen posibles nuestros alimentos.
(Alejandro Dávila Fragoso / Earthjustice)
Article March 27, 2018

Esta semana, recuerda las manos que cosechan tu comida

Esta es la XIX Semana Nacional de ConcienciaciĂłn del Trabajador AgrĂ­cola. Durante esta semana, el paĂ­s le rinde honor a los 2.5 millones de hombres y mujeres que trabajan la tierra, desde el amanecer hasta que se pone el sol.

document March 21, 2018

Legal Document: Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California rules the Environmental Protection Agency illegally delayed implementation of key pesticide rules that in part prevent minors from working with the most dangerous pesticides.