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Fields of Poison 2002

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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.

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Chlorpyrifos Factsheet

Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide used in agriculture primarily on cotton, oranges, corn, and almonds, among many other crops. Also known as Lorsban (agricultural use products), among other trade names, and manufactured predominantly by Dow AgroSciences, chlorpyrifos is one of the most widely used insecticides in the U.S. Nationwide in 2001 (prior to the cancellation of residential uses) US EPA estimated that 11–16 million pounds of the insecticide were used, second only to malathion for insecticide use.