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Florida farmworkers urge EPA to tighten control of pesticides

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 a nursery and she'd been affected by pesticides."

Economos said the woman - a Mexican immigrant who is now a legal U.S. resident - first said she would complain to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services but later changed her mind.

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