Frontline Communities


In the spring of 2006, farm worker community members tested the air at two different locations in the Yakima Valley with the assistance of the Farm Worker Pesticide Project (FWPP) and Pesticide Action Network (PAN). We tested for dangerous levels of chlorpyrifos, the key ingredient in the insecticide Lorsban, which is widely used in apple, cherry and pear orchards.


These profiles tell the stories of people living near agricultural fields who are concerned about their health and the health of their families, especially during spraying season. Because of this concern, they tested both their own bodies and the air surrounding their homes and schools for chlorpyrifos, a pesticide known to cause health problems that is used on the orange groves nearby.