The Farmworker Association of Florida has a multi-faceted program to educate, inform and empower farmworkers about health and pesticide safety; to assess work sites for violations of worker safety regulations; to train health care providers in pesticide exposure diagnosis and treatment in farmworker communities; to advocate for greater protections for farmworkers; and to promote sustainable agricultural practices. According to the EPA, agriculture accounts for 76% of conventional pesticides – approximately 944 million pounds – used annually in the United States. The extensive use of pesticides for food production puts farmworkers, who plant, harvest, sort and pack the food the nation eats, at high risk for pesticide exposure, acute poisoning, and associated adverse health effects. Pesticide health and safety of farmworkers is a major program area for FWAF.
Through education and community organizing, the Farmworker Association of Florida works to improve farmworkers’ health, working conditions, and access to quality health care; raise awareness of the harmful effects of toxic pesticides; and influence policy related to health and safety protections for farmworkers.
Health Care Provider Training in the Evaluation of Pesticide Exposure of Farmworkers
The Farmworker Health and Safety Institute (FHSI or Institute) is a unique consortium of three community-based farmworker organizations that works with farmworkers along the Eastern Migrant Stream and the U.S.-Mexico Border.