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Latino Farmworkers Seek Tighter Controls on Pesticide Use

EFE, Posted: Dec 15, 2009

LOS ANGELES Hispanic farmworkers in California are demanding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exercise greater control over pesticides used in agriculture, reports Spanish news service EFE. An estimated 150 million pounds of insecticides are sprayed from vehicles and airplanes. When the pesticides are carried by the wind, they poison the farm workers and anyone else who is nearby. The EPA recently proposed new regulations on the use of aerial pesticides in order to limit the number of people who are poisoned. EPA spokesperson Dale Kemery said his office is inviting the public and victims of accidental poisoning in the fields to offer their opinions and suggestions by March 5, 2010.

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