From the LA Times reporter and published in the Press Democrat:
The long-term study of 279 children from farmworker families is the first to suggest that even being one step removed from pesticides can bring harm to children’s lungs. Previous studies examined effects on adults who spray the chemicals or work in fields where the pesticides are applied.
“This is really the first time that it’s a residential population, and a residential population of children,” said study coauthor Brenda Eskenazi, an epidemiologist at UC Berkeley.
COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC:
1.)The following article on pesticide damage to children by LA Times reporter Geoffrey Mohan–who previously published an article on the Sonoma County’s wine industry’s use of water–appeared on the front page of the PD.
These studies were done on farmworker children in the Salinas Valley, and they also apply to farmworker children in Sonoma County’s extensive wine industry, which uses some of the same pesticides. In addition to the Farm Bureau lobbying against further restrictions for pesticide use in school zones, mentioned at the end of the article, the wine industry has also been part of that lobby.
2.) In October I met a woman from Tulare County at the Rose Foundation Convening. She was trying to find ways for informing people there about the dangers of the pesticides that they are working with every day. Her options are very limited: she cannot talk to people on or near farms because they get driven off by growers, and the people she talks to may be fired; churches are too afraid of the growers to let their premises be used. Even if they could find a home or some other site for an informational meeting, she and her helpers cannot put up meeting notices in stores, and of course they disappear from telephone poles. All they can do is go house to house.