Many farmworker organizations along with their advocates and allies fought hard to strengthen the Agricultural Worker Protection Standards (WPS). And we won. (You can read Fair World Project’s own comments to the EPA including supporting comments of hundreds of consumers here.)
But now these strengthened standards are under threat again.
The Agricultural Worker Protection Standards are the EPA’s regulations that aim to reduce pesticide exposure among agricultural workers and others who handle pesticides. As many as 20,000 farmworkers are victims of pesticide poisoning each year and pesticide exposure leads to higher rates of birth defects in children of farmworkers compared to the general population. (For more facts about the dangers of farmworkers, see our fact sheet Who Grew Your Food?)
WPS includes rules about minimum age for pesticide handlers, so that children are protected from hazardous work, and rules aimed at minimized pesticide drift that may harm workers on other fields or members of surround communities. In the line of pesticide drift are a surprising number of schools and playgrounds in addition to homes and other farms.
In short, strong Worker Protection Standards protect farmworkers but also children, rural communities, consumers, and the environment.
With the EPA threatening to roll back the stronger WPS rules, it is time to take action.
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