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  1. Rat Wrangler
    September 25, 2022 @ 12:43 pm

    I wonder if more Americans would be concerned about the toxins we spray on our farmlands if they were told that about half of the “persons of color” affected were actually White. Hispanic is not a race, and about half of them living in the U.S. are Caucasian. The rest are mostly a mix of indigenous peoples and Whites. Once people realize that, will they demand that the government ban all the chemicals already banned in Europe? It may not completely solve the problem, but it would be a good start.

  2. Mary Ann Maikish
    September 25, 2022 @ 8:27 am

    Pesticides are horrendous and should be illegal

  3. Jewel Simpson
    September 25, 2022 @ 2:09 am

    I am extremely appalled that the government officials has permitted this form of genocide to knowingly happen.

  4. Thomas McCombs, DO
    September 24, 2022 @ 8:18 pm

    the harms to agricultural workers are clear & present, as well as to children and the pregnant. The harms NOT listed go wider: pesticides are neurotoxins that will contribute to (if not cause) neurodegenerative diseases already simmering in the upscale communities downwind & downstream.

  5. C.A. Brady,R.N.
    September 24, 2022 @ 5:41 pm

    Thank you for your excellent work in producing this must read article. As a nurse I am acutely aware of the direct relationship between the health of our environment (water, air, soil) and the health of all who share the environment (humans, animals, plants, etc.). None of these components are disposable. May your reporting be part of the reasons more farmers move to regenerative and everyone becomes informed as we must all work to help each other.

  6. Jean Knight
    September 24, 2022 @ 4:01 pm

    Remove all pesticides

  7. John Kleindeist
    September 24, 2022 @ 3:45 pm

    There is a major hospital near me and in the Oncology Department the nurse told me that there was a radiation leak coming from the chemo room. The nurse told me the nurses, technicians and physicians Dosimeters were all giving a false radiation reading of about zero mSv (millisieverts) of medical radiation when in fact their dosimeters were all defective or worse yet deliberately set to zero. In any case the Oncology physician (who was a British national working in the U.S.) contracted cancer and passed away from cancer at age 51. The staff are miserable and afraid. One nurse quit and left the U.S. medical profession and switched to playing guitar in Greenwich Village. Then 2 former OSHA representatives came to the hospital and warned everyone in the auditorium that the U.S. no longer has any occupational health protections. They explained that OSHA is in effect a farce. They went on to explain that in the U.S. whatever happens to workers health in the American workplace is the workers problem but that the worker can only hire his/her own private attorney to try and prove it in a U.S. court of law. The OSHA representatives said that in the U.S. the only thing OSHA can do is fine the corporation $3,400 even if the employee passed away as a result of corporate negligence or unsafe work conditions in that workplace and if the corporation contests the fine then the fine is raised to $5,000 and that is all. The employee’s family has no recourse without a private attorney. The U.S. has no consumer protection laws and no human rights laws. Those human rights laws exist in the European Union, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. but not in the U.S. Read the World Democracy Index and the U.S. is not included as a full democracy. Quote: “The U.S. is presently not a functioning democracy” quotation by U.S. President (former) Jimmy Carter 2021

  8. Ellen Poist
    September 24, 2022 @ 2:30 pm

    Why is anyone allowed to use pesticide that makes people sick and die?????

  9. Sheena Schleicher
    September 20, 2022 @ 8:07 pm

    The same atrocities are happening in San Diego county, specifically in Oceanside’s protected prime farmland in South Morro Hills. There’s a farmworker housing community up the road from our home where lots of very scared workers live in housing provided by the farm owners for low rent. I’ve talked with a few of them out in the fields and they know the heavy pesticide use is awful, but they don’t have a voice in the matter. It’s either do the job or lose their job, their family’s home, and so much more. I’ve also talked with a few of the farm owners and their response is always “everything we do is legal and safe.” Meanwhile, through getting to know more of their family members who grew up and live in the area, I’ve learned that most of them have the same illnesses we know are linked to pesticides (parkinsons, alzheimers, dementia, RA, thyroid and immunity issues, cancer, infertility, etc.). They’re completely blind to the connection, even though several of them hold Phds in plant science from the state’s most respected universities. If they’re oblivious to their own family members’ suffering as a result of their pesticide use, these farm operators certainly are not aware of or concerned with the impacts to their farm workers. The only concern is for the 3 “P”s of commercial farming: Perfection. Profits. Pesticides.

    The conversation about the dangers of pesticides must include solutions. And the solution is clear and proven. Many commercial farmers have made the move to Regenerative Agriculture and have discovered remarkable profits without pesticides, fungicides, or synthetic fertilizers. They’re regenerating the soil for healthier plants, healthier animals, healthier people, and a healthier Earth. As a business owner, it will be wise for growers to get onboard with the Regenerative Agriculture movement. Even if it’s just for profits at first, take one look at Google Trends for the “Regenerative Agriculture” topic… it’s taken off over the last 18 months and gaining the attention of investors and tech startups. If it wasn’t profitable, tech investors wouldn’t be after it.

    • jayw
      September 28, 2022 @ 2:43 pm

      a greedy man never knows what he has done (“they are completely blind to the connection…”)
      vulture-capitalism. the ‘chemi$t$’/mon$atan, et al, $erve greed/de$truction.
      fentanyl has nothing on greed.
      mr russel, 100 years ago:
      “i’ve studied man for 9 decades now,
      and have changed my conclusion–
      what he loves-most is not greed,
      he loves-most destruction”