“Roman Pinal, the Southern California regional director for the United Farm Workers (UFW), says strawberry pickers are more susceptible to pesticide exposure than the average farmworker because the fields are more densely planted than other crops, meaning chemicals are being sprayed or are drifting closer to farmworkers. What’s more, compared to crops that are harvested once a season, strawberry plants produce fruit every two days—creating a situation where chemical management and harvesting occur “right on top” of each other, he says.”—Civil Eats, 2015
Want to learn more about this issue? Here are some resources to check out.
Farmworker Justice Report: Exposed and Ignored, how pesticides are endangering our nations farmworkers
Center for Public Integrity: Farmworker Advocates Press EPA to Update Pesticide Rules