The Salad Bowl of Pesticides

SALINAS VALLEY, CA—

Locals call this place the world's salad bowl. Dole, Naturipe and Fresh Express are here, where much of the global fruit and vegetable trade emerges in neat green fields just over the hills from the Pacific Coast.

The difficulties facing migrant workers who plant and pick the crops is an old story. But in Salinas, a new story is emerging -- one with serious implications for the rest of the country and with an ending that has yet to be written. 

It is here that University of California, Berkeley public health professor Brenda Eskenazi and her colleagues have spent the past 12 years studying mothers and children who are exposed to pesticides used in the fields.

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Tags: chemicals, children, farm workers, health, health effects, mothers, pesticides, public health, salad, salinas

    • Sheila Kaplan
    • Sheila Kaplan is a prize-winning investigative reporter and television producer whose reporting focuses on the environment, public health, and the role of money in politics. Her work has appeared in The Washington PostDiscover magazine, The NationThe New Republic, <...

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