After Pesticide Incidents Sicken Farmworkers, Advocates Push to Make Penalties Stronger | Pesticide Action Network
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After Pesticide Incidents Sicken Farmworkers, Advocates Push to Make Penalties Stronger

Farmworker advocates say they hope four separate pesticide drift incidents this year that appeared to sicken more than 150 workers will prompt state lawmakers to strengthen rules governing use of the agricultural chemicals. 

“These drift incidents happen all the time,” said Valerie Gorospe, a community organizer with the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, an environmental justice group based in Oakland and Delano, who has helped farmworkers in the aftermath of several chemical drift events.

“The current fines amount to pocket change for large-scale growers,” said Paul Towers, organizing director at Pesticide Action Network North America. “Until the penalties are significant enough, they’ll fail to deter problems with pesticide drifts in the future.”

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