When I was growing up in the apple growing communities of Central Washington, I was exposed to pesticides when I worked in the orchard and even when I was walking home from school.
My father, a farmer, died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is linked to pesticide exposure. I learned about the link between this kind of cancer and pesticides when I heard a story on National Public Radio. It was about the children of farmworkers, who worked with their parents in the fields. They were experiencing high rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In my opinion, it’s really important to protect people from pesticide exposure.
It’s been 20 years since the U.S. Environmental has updated its pesticide safety standards for farmworkers.