Participatory Education with Farmworkers in Pesticide Safety

  • Arcury, Thomas;
  • Quandt, Sara;
  • Colin, Austin;
  • Saavedra, Rosa;
  • Rao, Pamela;
  • Cabrera, Luis

  • Chronic health effects result from long-term, low levels of exposure, as well as from short-term, concentrated exposure.
  • In scientific tests with animals and epidemiological studies with people, agricultural chemicals caused the following problems:
    • Cancer
    • Sterility
    • Miscarriages and birth defects
    • Damage to the liver and other organs

  • Not much is known about the long-term effects to farm workers of being exposed to agricultural chemicals. Some farm workers believe that they were very seriously injured by chronic exposure, but more information needs to be collected.

    Man being examined by doctor

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