Coming from across the nation and from the frontlines of exposure to high levels of toxic pesticides, farmworkers met with their members of Congress on July 16, 2013 to call for stronger protections from pesticides. These farmworkers and their allies seek to strengthen outdated safeguards the EPA has failed to revise for more than 20 years—despite overwhelming evidence of their inadequacy.
An estimated 5.1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied to crops annually in the United States—with our nation's 1–2 million farmworkers facing the highest threat from the health impacts of these chemicals. Farmworkers and advocates are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to update the Worker Protection Standard to provide more frequent pesticide training for farmworkers, giving workers the information they deserve about the specific pesticides used in their line of work and potential exposure to their families.
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