Our Farmworker Health and Justice Team campaigns for better working conditions, improved and stronger health and safety regulations, and, ultimately, better health for farmworkers, based on the priorities and needs of farmworkers at the grassroots. The team is working to reduce toxic agrichemical exposures, empower farmworkers to speak and advocate for themselves, and win policy reforms and advocate for pesticide use reduction and eventual elimination to address the occupational health and safety of the most underrepresented among us. By uniting farmworkers with the expertise of healthcare professionals and health experts, scientists, attorneys, young people, and advocates, this team raises the voices of people who have been historically invisible to those in power, and we ensure that our victories make a difference in the lives of those most directly affected—because our leadership comes directly from farmworker communities.
In addition to immediate poisonings, farmworkers face long-term health impacts, such as elevated risks of cancer, birth defects, infertility, and neurological disorders as a result of exposure to hazardous pesticides. Farmworkers also “take home” pesticides on their clothing, footwear, and skin, exposing their families to these hazardous chemicals and their associated risk of causing sickness and other health impacts.
On top of pesticide exposures, farmworkers are also exposed to many of the same toxic chemicals as the rest of us: in household products, in the food we eat, in drinking water, and pollution from chemical plants. Better policies and corporate practices to protect people from pesticides are essential to ensure a healthier and more just future.
Coming Clean is working to make this healthier and more just future a reality. We're calling for fairness and justice for our nation's most vulnerable workers. Our Farmworker Health and Justice Team is comprised of over a dozen pesticide and farmworker justice organizations—ranging in scope from local grassroots groups to national advocacy organizations. The team is campaigning for better working conditions, improved safety precautions, and, ultimately, better health for farmworkers. We're working to reduce toxic agrichemical exposures, empower farmworkers to speak and advocate for themselves, and demanding policy reforms to address the health and wellbeing of the most underrepresented among us.
For more information on Coming Clean’s Farmworker Health & Justice Team campaigns, see ProtectFarmworkers.org.
Farmworkers in the fields of central Florida