Friday, May 19, 2017

Farmworkers Sickened by Toxic Pesticide Drift

Early in May forty-seven farmworkers harvesting cabbage on a Kern County farm were exposed to six pesticide compounds that had been sprayed on nearby fields. One of the pesticides contained the active ingredient Chlorpyrifos [KLOR – PHE -RIOS] which has been banned for household use but is still used in farming. The harvesting was shut down after 12 workers began suffering from nausea and vomiting and one person fainted. The Kern County Fire Department, the County Health Department and Hazmat rushed to the scene immediately and performed a decontamination. One person was taken to the hospital, but more than half the workers had left the area before emergency responders arrived. The incident was first reported by Tabitha Mills of Bakersfield television station KGET. Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.