VIDEO: Migrant Farmworkers May Have Been Sickened by Toxic Pesticide Greenlighted by EPA Under Trump
This week Amy Goodman is on tour in California, where earlier this month more than 50 farmworkers in California were exposed to a highly toxic pesticide after it was greenlighted by the EPA in one of the agency’s first decisions since Trump took office. About an hour after workers arrived for their shift at Dan Andrews Farms in Bakersfield, California, many began to exhibit symptoms of vomiting and nausea. At least one person fainted. Observers suspect the source was drift from a nearby orchard that was sprayed the night before with Vulcan, a pesticide containing the known neurotoxin chlorpyrifos, a product of Dow Chemical Company. Last year, the EPA was on the verge of banning chlorpyrifos, but under EPA administrator Scott Pruitt the agency unexpectedly reversed course and approved its use. We are joined by Eriberto Fernandez, the civic participation and policy coordinator with United Farm Workers Foundation, and Kristin Schafer, program and policy director for Pesticide Action Network North America, which petitioned the EPA to ban the use of chlorpyrifos.