Category Archives: Salinas

Methyl Iodide: The Debate Continues

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On January 11, a lawsuit that was filed against the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and Arysta LifeScience, the maker of methyl iodide, by California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) and Earthjustice was heard in Oakland by the Alameda County Superior Court. This is the first case of its sort. Pesticide-use challenges are rare; a lawsuit was filed in this case due to the severity of the effects of methyl iodide and the controversy around its approval. A ruling is expected in the coming weeks.


Pesticide Exposure and Farmworker Protection

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Pesticide exposure is a major health issue in Salinas. A range of pesticide-related illnesses and injuries are on the rise in the community including some cancers and birth defects. Because of the dangers of pesticide exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency created a worker protection guide to teach safe handling of pesticides and is required by law. In particular, farmworkers should wear clothes that cover their skin, they must not enter fields that have warning signs posted, and they should never bring children to the work area.


Educating Salinas Farmworkers about Pesticide Exposure

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Pesticide exposure is a major issue in Salinas, and there are a range of pesticide-related illnesses and injuries that are on the rise in the area. The Pesticide Illness Surveillance Program monitors these incidents.

Pesticides are not only a threat to those that work with them but also to those that live in the agriculture community itself. The Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS) is trying to educate the community of Salinas about the risks of pesticide exposure.


Salinas: Salad Bowl or Pesticide Bowl of the World?

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In Salinas, pesticide exposure is a major concern. Salinas is an agricultural community and pesticides are widely used. The health effects of pesticide exposure are numerous, ranging from asthma, birth defects, hormone disruptions, neurological effects and cancer. According to the Inventory of Farmworker Issues and Protections in the U.S. [PDF], pesticide exposure is among the primary issues that affect the farmworker population. But farmworkers are not the only ones affected: residents of agriculture communities can also become exposed as a result of pesticide drift.


Safety-Net for Uninsured Salinas Farm-Workers

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Though there are many groups advocating for farm-worker rights, like the United Farm Workers of America and Farmworker Justice, not much has changed since the days of Cesar Chavez to improve their safety and health. On June 28, 2011 California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 104, the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act that would have allowed California farm-workers to unionize and demand safe working conditions and “prevent negligent farm conditions from leading to serious medical conditions and death.” This bill could have helped the 70 percent of farm-workers in Salinas that don’t have health insurance and can’t see a doctor when they are sick because medical care is too expensive.