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Farmworkers

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In California’s Salinas Valley, the lack of living wages for farmworkers has resulted in ongoing cycles of poverty, violence and health problems.
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It is difficult not to view poverty-stricken farmworkers as victims and pesticide manufacturers (and those of us who benefit from them) as perpetrators. Yet, my reporting demonstrated the complexity of the issues involved, leaving me with the uneasy sense that there was no clear-cut solution.

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Veteran environmental reporter recommends starting by reporting the basic story first - focusing on what the problem appears to be, and how authorities and businesses are responding.

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Earlier this month, New York Times columnist Mark Bittman highlighted the mounting body of evidence that pesticides pose a danger to all people. What are some long- and short-term solutions to reduce risk?

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Big stakes for California in Supreme Court health reform decision, pesticide risk for farmworkers investigated, Celebrex documents unsealed and more from our Daily Briefing.

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On a clear night in the southern Valley towns of Tulare, Huron and Tranquillity, you sometimes can see a full moon over the thousands of miles of agriculture. On a warm, summer evening, these harvest moons are brilliant to see. However, disturbing to this brilliant scenery is the stench of spray drift from pesticides that linger at night and the choking thickness of particulate matter, the smog considered one of the worst in the nation, that engulfs the Valley on warm days.

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Seeking a ban on methyl iodide in strawberry fields, privatizing Medicare, and questions about CNN's Sanjay Gupta, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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