03 Oct '11, 7pm

Water for crops, but farmworkers go thirsty via @grist

Water for crops, but farmworkers go thirsty via @grist

Photo: Wayan Vota There are many hardships in the life of American farmworkers. One of the more shocking and pernicious of these is highlighted in a recent Fresno Bee series called "Don't Drink the Water": Many rural residents don't have access to safe, clean drinking water. Reporter Mark Gross went to Tulare Country in California's Central Valley (our nation's produce capital) to investigate reports of high nitrate contamination. This is the same area a U.N. water quality investigator visited recently , after stopping in Bangladesh, Uruguay, and Namibia to look at "social problems linked to a lack of access to clean water." Things were so bad in Tulare County, said the U.N. investigator, that he "urged state and federal authorities to consider healthy drinking water a human right and clean up the mess." An estimated 95 percent of Central Valley residents drink bottled wat...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-10-03-wa...

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