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Water Too Dangerous to Drink: What Life's Like in California's Farming Communities

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Environment and Climate Resource Center page , Health Issues page , and our California News page . EAST OROSI, Calif. - Jessica Sanchez sits on the edge of her seat in her mother's kitchen, hands resting on her bulging belly. Eight months pregnant, she's excited about the imminent birth of her son. But she's scared too. A few feet away, her mother, Bertha Dias, scrubs potatoes with water she bought from a vending machine. She won't use the tap water because it's contaminated with nitrates. Every day, Dias, 43, heads to the fields to pick lemons or oranges, lugging a ladder so she can reach the treetops. She often skips lunch to save money for the $17.50 she needs each week to fill jugs with vending-machine water. Four years ago, the family learned that it had nitrates in its drinking water, which Sanchez drank a...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25646.cfm

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