Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Stop Rollbacks On Pesticide Protections

The Trump admin recently proposed rule changes that will put farmworkers and rural families near farms at risk of exposure to toxic pesticides. Speak up to help stop them before the January 30 comment deadline!

WHY THIS MATTERS Agricultural work is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Farmworkers face unbearable heat, backbreaking labor, and pesticide exposure. Agriculture Worker Protection Standard was put into place to protect farmworkers from occupational hazards, such as pesticide exposure.

Now, the Trump administration wants this common-sense precaution to stop at the farm's property line. But pesticides are notorious for drifting onto neighboring properties, which places the health of farmers, farmworkers, and neighbors at risk.

These rules were put into place to protect people from the spraying of toxic chemicals. These changes are a betrayal to farmworkers and their families.

It's absurd to expect pesticides to respect property boundaries. This action places corporate interests ahead of the wellbeing of people who live or work near farms, by exposing them to dangerous, cancer-causing chemicals.

Demand the Environmental Protection Agency act to protect people and the planet, not corporate profits. Please, include a personal statement so it isn't seen as a form letter.

TO: Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs

Cancel the proposed changes to the Application Exclusion Zone