Pesticide Exposure Among Farm Workers in California Research Paper

Pesticide Exposure Among Farm Workers in California
An investigation into the extent that farm workers in California are subjected to pesticide exposure.
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This paper discusses the nature and extent of pesticide victimization among farm workers in California. It addresses the short-term and chronic effects of workers being exposed to pesticides, and reviews the treatment and prevention efforts that may be effective in minimizing this form of environmental victimization. The paper includes a literature review on the subject and suggests that future research should be carried out in the future when more complete and sophisticated data are available.

Literature Review

From the Paper:

''Since the publication of Silent Spring (Carson, 1962), considerable attention has been devoted to the effects of pesticides, most notably the banning of DDT in the U.S. Federal legislation provided for the monitoring and evaluation of pesticides and their effects on human health and the environment (Federal Environmental Pesticide Control Act of 1972, amendments to the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act in 1975, 1978, and 1988). Yet, in spite of this apparent progress, farm workers in the U.S., who are the most affected by pesticides continue to be neglected (Moses, 1993).
''Agriculture accounts for 80% of pesticide use. Over time, in spite of increasing knowledge and awareness about the effects of pesticides on human health, their application has increased exponentially. Indeed, compared with the 32 pesticide products registered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1939 (Moses, 1993), there were more than 865 registered by 1999 (EPA, 1999). Pesticide use--specifically, the use of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and nematicides--has more than quadrupled since the mid-1940s (Moses, 1993).''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carson, R. (1962). Silent spring. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
  • Castorina, R.; Bradman, A.; McKone, T.E.; Barr, D.B; Harnly, M.E.; Eskenazi, B. (2003). Cumulative organophosphate pesticide exposure and risk assessment among pregnant women living in an agricultural community: A case study from the CHAMACOS cohort. Children's Health, 111(13), 1640-1648.
  • Doerner, W.G. & Lab, S.P. (2002). Victimology. Cincinnati, OH: Andersen Publishing Co.
  • Environmental Protection Agency. (1999). Assessing health risks from pesticides. Retrieved from
  • Environmental Protection Agency. (2001). Pesticides - Farm workers. Retrieved from

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