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Farm Workers Gather In DC To Demand Protections From Pesticides

Pesticides-Crop-Dusting-planeFarm workers from around the country – including Arizona and California – have been in Washington D.C. this week to urge Congress to pass stronger legislation to reduce what one government estimate says are ten to twenty thousand acute pesticide poisonings yearly in the agricultural industry.

The workers say pesticides drift over them while being applied in adjacent fields or even right where they are working.

Protecting farm workers from pesticides is the responsibility of the EPA, whose pesticide safety standards – according to critics – have not been revised or updated in over 20 years.  The EPA says its Worker Protection Standard manual for employers was updated in 2005.

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