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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


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

March 27, 2018 | Blog Post

Esta semana, recuerda las manos que cosechan tu comida

Esta es la XIX Semana Nacional de Concienciación del Trabajador Agrícola. Durante esta semana, el país 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.

March 26, 2018 | Blog Post

This Week, Remember that Hands Grow Your Food

Today marks the beginning of the 19th Annual National Farmworker Awareness Week. During this week the country honors the 2.5 million farmworkers in America that are working the fields from sunrise to sunset.

March 12, 2018 | Letter

Senate Letter to EPA Administrator on Agricultural Worker Protection Rules

We write to express our alarm with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it seeks to open up for reconsideration two federal safeguards vital to the protection of the children, women and men that labor in agriculture and apply chemicals in agricultural, commercial and residential settings.  With the lives of children and families across the country at stake, we urge you to preserve the protections provided by the final Agricultural Worker Protection Standard rule (WPS) and Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule (CPA) (as published in the Federal Register on November 2, 2015 and January 4, 2017, respectively), and to resolve any clarifications needed by the regulated community via additional guidance on the rules.