Farmworkers deserve better pesticide rules



Editor’s Note: David Vázquez is a former interim director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS). He is the Head of the UO Department of English.

Eugene Register-Guard Op-Ed: “Farmworkers deserve better pesticide rules”

by Lisa Arkin, executive director of Beyond Toxics; David Vázquez, associate professor of English at the University of Oregon; and Raoul Liévanos, assistant professor of sociology at UO.

December 4, 2017—

More than 1 billion pounds of poisonous pesticides are applied on farms annually in the United States, resulting in as many as 20,000 physician-diagnosed poisonings annually among agricultural workers. University of Oregon environmental studies scholar Sarah Wald puts the number of farmworkers exposed to toxic levels of pesticides closer to 300,000, more than 10 times the official number. A 2008 report by the state ­Department of Agriculture showed that 15.5 million pounds of pesticides were applied on Oregon farms.

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Monday, December 4th, 2017 Affiliated faculty, Farmworker Rights, Public Policy



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