Fields of Poison, a joint report by United Farm Workers, PAN and the California Legal Rural Assistance Foundation, reveals that weak enforcement of pesticide-related worker health and safety laws remains a serious problem in California. The report analyzes the state's pesticide poisoning data and finds that pesticide safety laws fail to protect many of the state’s 700,000 farmworkers from poisonings even when the laws are apparently followed.
These profiles tell the stories of people living near agricultural fields who are concerned about their health and the health of their families.
Playgrounds, daycare centers and schools: every parent hopes these are safe places, where children can flourish and grow. Unfortunately, pesticides used in and near schools and playgrounds can make children an unintended ‘frontline community,’ exposing them to dangerous chemicals just when their developing brains and bodies are especially vulnerable.