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As a child growing up in Arvin, California, Gabriel Duarte played with his brothers in an orchard 15 feet from his family’s front door. Today he plays in a prison yard. Duarte believes these two points on his 20-year timeline are related.
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Three children belonging to the same set of parents, with a combined four brain malformations that doctors say are unrelated. “The doctors are wrong,” says the mother.
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California's agricultural industry is tops in the nation and pesticides play a vital role in keeping it healthy. They also play a vital role in the lives of farm workers...a poisonous one.

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Amid the worst West Nile virus season in years, what's an acceptable level of risk for aerial insecticide spraying?

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This year's West Nile virus season is one of the worst in years. Could quicker action have prevented deaths in Dallas?

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Journalist Tammy Worth examines the debate over so-called "Agent Orange Corn."

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Recent studies have found statistical links between pesticide use and an outbreak of Parkinson's disease in California farm towns. Researchers even know which chemicals are the likely culprits. What's the government doing about it? Not much.

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Corporate pressure for pesticide use, rising ER visits, and easing the high cost of health care in Massachusetts, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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At a Planned Parenthood clinic near Salinas, farm workers who plan to have children in the near future are learning to protect themselves against pesticide exposure on the job. "This is dangerous work," said Jessica Dieseldorff, a nurse practitioner who's heading up the pilot education program.

 

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The U.S. EPA has opened a public comment period on methyl iodide, a highly toxic fumigant used in soil preparation before the planting of strawberries, carrots, and other vegetable crops. There are many points of view on this issue worth exploring. Here are just a few.

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