01 January 2012

Protect Farm Workers' Health

Written by  Adam Friedman
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A Natural Cancer Institute study found that farmers exposed to herbicides had a greater risk, by a factor of six, than non-farmers of contracting cancer. In California, reported pesticide poisonings among farm workers have risen an average of 14% a year since 1973, and doubled between 1975 and 1985. Field workers suffer the highest rates of occupational illness in the state. Farm worker health also is a serious problem in developing nations, where pesticide use can be poorly regulated. An estimated 1 million people are poisoned annually by pesticides. Several of the pesticides banned from use in the U.S. are still manufactured for export to other countries.

Adam Friedman

Adam Friedman

Adam Friedman is a web designer living in Portland, Oregon. Adam lived and worked on the farm during the summer of '94 and returned for part of the summer of '95.

Website: www.ovenlight.com
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