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How Industrial Farming 'Destroyed' The Tasty Tomato

Article taken from NPR online.


Florida workers harvest what they can from the DiMare Farms tomato fields, a month after the January 2010 freeze that caused a statewide crop shortage.Enlarge Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida workers harvest what they can from the DiMare Farms tomato fields, a month after the January 2010 freeze that caused a statewide crop shortage.


June 28, 2011

If you bite into a tomato between the months of October and June, chances are that tomato came from Florida. The Sunshine State accounts for one-third of all fresh tomatoes produced in the United States — and virtually all of the tomatoes raised during the fall and winter seasons.

The health of Lake Apopka's wildlife

* Apopka farmworkers say pesticide exposure caused illnesses

* Article taken from the Orlando weekly.


Former workers and activists trying to draw attention to health problems in the community.


By Christopher Balogh

Published: June 2, 2011



At the end of the fishing dock that rests on the south end of Lake Apopka, a man leans against a wooden railing and stares at the broad expanse of water before him.

"I have been here for over 60 years," says the man, an auto mechanic whose name, Lend, is sewn onto his work shirt. "I went to all the fishing camps when I was a little boy. This lake was filled with fisherman, in and around it."

Not anymore. "Look at it now - not a soul. It looks like pea soup," he says.

Tell EPA spanish language pesticide labels

Tell EPA to Require Spanish Language Pesticide Labels


Help Protect The Health and Safety of Farmworkers


Most pesticide labels in the United States are written in English only. Most farmworkers, including those who handle and apply pesticides, are Hispanics, whose first language is Spanish. While employers are required to provide workers with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and to properly train handlers and applicators on the correct use of pesticide products, not being able to read English-language pesticide labels puts Hispanic workers at a definite disadvantage. They must depend upon what they are told and trust that they have been provided the required gear.

May 1



This was one of the chants that inspired some two hundred marchers in Central Florida on May Day – May 1st – in support of Immigrant and Worker Rights.  Gathering in Apopka on Sunday morning, carrying signs and wearing T-shirts, the farmworker and immigrant community members and supporters joined together in solidarity with the message that “no human being is illegal” and demanding basic civil and human rights for all.  In harmony with events and actions around the country on this International Workers’ Day, the message was clear – “We are NOT Arizona!  Just say No to SB 2040” – the anti-immigrant bill that is being debated in the Florida legislature this week. 

W2W conference

2nd Annual Woman to Woman Conference unites Apopka community


More than 100 people from across Central Florida gathered to conduct the 2nd Annual Woman to Woman Conference in Apopka, FL. The Farmworker Association of Florida collaborated with professors from the University of Central Florida to organize a day of education, advocacy, and celebration for 35 African American, Haitian, and Hispanic women in Apopka. Bringing experts from fields like immigration, financial responsibility, and women’s mental and physical health allowed this group of incredible women to learn about issues in a way that is not often afforded to them.

Fellsmere Farm Flourished in its First Spring

The new Fellsmere Community Garden is the pride of the community! This, its first Spring in existence, has already seen the harvest of lush crops of cilantro, Romaine lettuce, and radishes, while the corn and tomato plants grow taller and more beautiful every day! The hoop house shelters tender seedlings as they are nurtured in preparation for planting in the outdoor beds.

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