18 Apr '17, 5pm

In California, families fear pesticide poisoning after EPA reverses ban

In California, families fear pesticide poisoning after EPA reverses ban

This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A white cloud of pesticides had drifted into Fidelia Morales’s backyard, coating her children’s swing set. The 40-year-old mother of five gestured toward the citrus groves that surround her house in California’s Central Valley as she recounted when an air blast sprayer sent chemicals floating onto her property last year — landing on her family’s red and blue jungle gym. “We know this is dangerous for the kids, but what are we supposed to do?” she said on a recent afternoon, speaking in Spanish through a translator. Morales said she fears that these kinds of drifts, as well as long-term exposure to a variety of chemicals in the air, have hurt her children, ages 9 to 20, who have struggled to focus in school and have suffered from bronchitis, asthma, and othe...

Full article: http://grist.org/article/in-california-families-fear-pest...

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