Pesticide Mixes Likely Increase Health Risks To Farm Workers, Students: UCLA Study
The report says the California Department of Pesticide Regulation should better regulate pesticide mixtures and place buffer zones around schools.
Capital Public Radio:
Report: Pesticide Mixtures May Increase Health Risks But Are Unregulated
A new UCLA report says the California Department of Pesticide Regulation fails to regulate pesticide mixtures adequately. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the study finds the mixtures may increase health risks. The study looked at three fumigants commonly applied together in California. It found a "reasonable likelihood" the three can interact to increase health risks to farm workers and people who live near fields or orchards. (Quinton, 2/18)
The Ventura County Star:
Advocates Urge State To Impose Pesticide Buffer Around Schools
Advocates for farmworkers, students and families in Oxnard are calling on state regulators to ban the use of pesticides within one mile of schools in light of a new study released by UCLA. On Thursday, members of local farmworker advocacy organizations, a youth group representative, and a Ventura County Medical Center doctor gathered outside Rio Mesa High School. They demanded that California's Department of Pesticide Regulation consider the health consequences of exposure to multiple pesticides as it drafts new rules for use of chemicals close to schools. (Boyd-Barrett, 2/18)