Support safer food, from field to fork
Scientists tell us that pesticides can harm our health, even at the very low levels found on conventional fruits and vegetables. Yet the two million farmworkers who plant, tend and harvest the country's produce often face much higher levels of exposure in fields and orchards.
EPA's Worker Protection Standards — intended to protect farmworkers from the harms of pesticides — are weak and unenforced. We hear a long overdue update is finally in the works, and we're pressing EPA to get it right. Please add your name to our petition urging policymakers to better protect farmworkers from dangerous pesticides, today.
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
Washington, DC 20460–0001
Dear Administrator McCarthy,
Thirteen years of delay is just too long. The Worker Protection Standards designed to protect farmworkers from dangerous pesticides have languished in “internal review” since 2000, while farmworkers and their families continue to experience harm.
We urge you to fix these broken rules, strengthening them in ways that are truly protective, including providing farmworkers with the following:
1 - More complete and regular training on health risks of pesticides; safety measures they can take to protect themselves and their families; their employers’ responsibilities to ensure their safety; and their rights as workers. These trainings must be offered more often than the current requirement of every 5 years.
2 - Timely information (in an accessible format), about the timing, location and hazards of specific pesticides used on the farm where they work.
3 - Special protections for pesticide handlers.
4 - Improved enforcement of safety standards at the state level.
We hope the revised Worker Protection Standards are significantly stronger and more effectively protect farmworkers and their families.