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Farm Workers Bear the Brunt of Pesticide Poisoning

Pesticide Poisoning

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  • At least 20,000 farm workers are poisoned by pesticides each year, according to data from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • The actual number is likely far higher, as many of the workers may not seek medical care or may be misdiagnosed if they do seek treatment
  • There is no coordinated national incident reporting system to track pesticide exposures
  • Pesticide exposures cause farm workers more chemical-related injuries and illnesses than any other workforce nationwide

By Dr. Mercola

Worldwide, more than 5 billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed onto crops each year, and more than 75 percent of the US population has detectable levels of organophosphates (OPs), which are among the most commonly used insecticides on American farms.

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