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The Occupational, Safety, and Health of Florida Farm Workers: Environmental Justice in the Fields

Author: M. CELESTE MURPHY-GREENE
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 25 No. 3

This study involves a survey of farm workers in two South Florida
counties questioning the workers about pesticide exposure, health
problems, and laws and legal rights. A finding is that the federal and
state laws which are currently in place to protect the workers from
pesticide exposure are not adequately implemented. Several of the
health problems farm workers noted match the symptoms of moderate
and mild pesticide poisoning. The study concludes with policy recom-
mendations for federal and Florida officials to change and better
enforce the current laws pertaining to farm workers.

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