“I think there’s no reason to believe that the exposure levels are very different” between the farm and the urban communities before the residential ban, Rauh said.
Virginia Ruiz, director of occupational and environmental health for Farmworker Justice, said chlorpyrifos is one of the most dangerous pesticides that farmworkers are exposed to. Her group is pushing for an end to all uses as soon as possible.
“Most farmworkers are foreign-born immigrants and have low levels of education and English proficiency,” Ruiz said. “Farmworkers don’t get a lot of education on the chemicals they’re working around.”
This article originally ran at Environmental Health News, a news source published by Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit media company.