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As We See It: Search for Alternative to Methyl Bromide Continues Unabated

From SantaCruzSentinel.com, 27 April 2012. It’s a sad irony that for years growing a healthy strawberry conventionally has required methyl bromide, a chemical so harmful it has been banned by international treaty because it is destroying the Earth’s ozone layer. Another dose of irony: The soil fumigant at first favored to replace methyl bromide, methyl … Continue reading

Ag Officials Will Revamp Migrant Worker Policy

From DailyWorld.com, Associated Press, 4 Feb 2012. BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry has agreed to help migrant workers with limited English language skills understand rights and protections. The deal is part of a larger agreement reached in December with the Environmental Protection Agency that arose after some workers said they … Continue reading

EPA Awards Grant To Help Farm Workers Reduce Pesticide Risks

From ENewsPF.com, 26 Jan 2012. Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–January 26, 2012.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday that it is providing a $25,000 grant to the Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas (CATA) to reduce exposure to pesticides for farm workers in southern New Jersey. CATA, a Latino-led nonprofit organization, will educate migrant farm workers throughout … Continue reading

More Young People See Opportunity in Farming

From Boston.com, Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press, 21 Dec 2011. MILWAUKEE, WI —A Wisconsin factory worker worried about layoffs became a dairy farmer. An employee at a Minnesota nonprofit found an escape from her cubicle by buying a vegetable farm. A nuclear engineer tired of office bureaucracy decided to get into cattle ranching in Texas. While … Continue reading

After Oahu Farm Workers Fall Ill, State Inspectors Look Into Workers’ Safety, Food Security

From HawaiiReporter, “After Oahu Farm Workers Fall Ill, State Inspectors Look Into Workers’ Safety, Food Security” by by Jim Dooley and Malia Zimmerman, 16 Dec 2011. The Hawaii state Department of Agriculture will inspect a Kahuku farm where undocumented workers from Laos said they were sickened by exposure to toxic pesticides. “Our enforcement field inspector has … Continue reading

Current: Farmworker Advocates Hope Senate Report Will Help Apopka Residents

From FloridaIndependent.com, Ashley Lopez, 16 Dec 2011. The Florida Current reports that advocates are hoping a new state Senate report will lead to help for the struggling Apopka community. According to the Current, “a Farmworker Association of Florida representative says she hopes a Senate interim report [.pdf] on the plight of Lake Apopka farmworkers will lead the state to help … Continue reading

Kettleman Residents Protest to Air Board

From FresnoBee.com, Mark Grossi, The Fresno Bee, 15 Dec 2011. A dozen Kettleman City residents protested at the Valley air board meeting Thursday, saying officials didn’t give the town a real chance to talk about a permit renewal for the largest toxic-waste landfill west of the Mississippi. The farmworker town of 1,500 has been battling … Continue reading

Florida Farmworkers Urge EPA to Tighten Control of Pesticides

From PalmBeachPost.com, John Lantigua, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer, 6 Dec 2011. Jeannie Economos of the Farmworker Association of Florida recalls a woman who walked into her office recently. “Her face was swollen and her eyes were almost shut,” says Economos, who is based in the Central Florida farm town of Apopka. “She works in … Continue reading

Opponents of Strawberry Fumigant Methyl Iodide Push Supes for County Action

From MontereyCountyWeekly.com, Sara Rubin, 17 Nov 2011. Chemical Chess Fumigation season in Monterey County came and went without an application of methyl iodide. But just as growers prep fields for winter plantings, the controversy over the fumigant is factoring into local political calculus. The Board of Supervisors has been asked to take a stance against … Continue reading

EPA Asked To Strengthen Long Overdue Pesticide Protections for Farmworkers

From CommonDreams.org, 14 Nov 2011. Basic protections across all states sought WASHINGTON – November 14 – Several groups that work to protect farmworkers from exposures to toxic pesticides filed a petition today with the Environmental Protection Agency to implement stronger protections for farmworkers against the hazardous health impacts of pesticides.  The petition seeks to eliminate … Continue reading

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