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Pesticides in Farmworkers' Children

Friday, August 25, 2006

Environmental Science and Technology reports on a study finding high levels of pesticides in the children of immigrant farmworkers. Of the farmworkers studied, researchers found that "40% of the mothers and 30% of the fathers had not received training in pesticide handling, a violation of U.S. EPA regulations." It was apparent that many participants had misconceptions about the toxicity of the chemicals they handle. The scientists, from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, are pushing for better education for farmworkers to protect their children from pesticide exposure.

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