Health & Safety

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Winston-Salem Picket and March in Support of NC Tobacco Farmworkers

From FightBackNews.org, B.J. Murphy, 6 May 2012. Winston-Salem, NC – On a hot morning, May 3, over 200 people gathered in front of the R.J. Reynolds (R.J.R) Headquarters in opposition to the very severe working conditions forced on North Carolina tobacco farmworkers. In response, the police surrounded the front of the headquarters, along with every … Continue reading

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

N.C. Cooperative Extension, N.C. Farm Bureau Team Present Pesticide Safety Workshops

From Cals.NCSU.edu, Julia Storm, 13 Feb 2012. Media Contact: Julia Storm, 919.515.7961 or julia_storm@ncsu.edu N.C. Cooperative Extension and the N.C. Farm Bureau Safety Team are partnering to help growers train Spanish-speaking farm workers on pesticide safety. Six upcoming workshops offered across North Carolina will prepare growers to use the Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit, a resource based … 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

NCFH: 2011 Assessment of the Eastern Stream of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

From NCFH.org, National Center for Farmworker Health, Feb 2012. The “Assessment of the Eastern Stream of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers” is conducted annually by the Regional Migrant Health Coordinators (RMHC), and supported by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) as a resource for Migrant Health Centers, agricultural communities and other programs that serve farmworkers. The … 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

Crushed Mushroom Worker Identified

From Articles.Philly.com, Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer, 19 Jan 2012. A mushroom worker who died Monday after being crushed by a 700-pound hay bale at an Avondale processing plant has been identified, police said today. New Garden Township Police said officers responded to the Cardile Brothers Mushrooms plant in the 8800 block of Gap … Continue reading

Farm Worker Dies after Falling into Grain Bin

From Fox16.com, 13 Jan 2012. LONOKE County, AR – Police say a farm worker died after falling into a grain bin around 11:00 am Friday. According to a release, officials from the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting that a man had fallen into a grain silo at Parker’s Farms, located on Miller … Continue reading

CA Accused of Improper OK to Strawberry Pesticide

From MercuryNews.com, Associated Press, 13 Jan 2012. FRESNO, Calif.—Environmental groups say state regulators ignored science and broke public health laws when they approved a controversial pesticide for strawberry fields. Lawyers for a coalition of pesticide reform and farmworker groups argued Thursday that officials favored the input of the chemical’s manufacturer, Arysta LifeScience, over scientists’ recommendations. … Continue reading

Justice for Farmworkers

From PCCNaturalMarkets.com, Joel Preston Smith, Jan 2012. January 2012 — Last July, when 16-year-old Nicholas Chavez collapsed in 106° F heat while picking bell peppers in Bakersfield, Calif., it was hardly national news. The story wasn’t covered by CNN, the Associated Press or Fox News. Chavez was just one more pair of hands in the … Continue reading

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