Assess farmworkers’ pesticide exposure
The Honorable Christine Gregoire,
Governor of Washington
Honorable Members of the Washington State
House of Representatives and Senate
Dear Governor Gregoire and State Legislators:
We are concerned about exposures to agricultural pesticides experienced by farm workers, their children and others in agricultural areas. Please act to address this problem by supporting the following two measures.
First, please support the establishment of a governmental system of air monitors in agricultural areas to measure concentrations of agricultural pesticides in the air at homes, workplaces, day-cares, schools and other locations. Air monitoring provides information that people have a right to know. It facilitates informed discussions and decision-making, and provides data that scientists can use to study health effect trends.
Second, please support an Alternatives Assessment at the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Assessment should review existing alternatives to the agricultural pesticides that pose the greatest threats to health, and the status of research towards new alternatives. It should identify barriers that prevent growers from using alternatives, and policies and programs that could facilitate transitions to sustainable agriculture. We need to have an informed public discussion about how to protect both health and agriculture by reducing reliance on the most dangerous pesticides. An Alternatives Assessment will jumpstart that discussion.
We look forward to your leadership on these important issues.
Farm Worker Pesticide Project
NB 3, 5031 University Way, N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
PCC Natural Markets, Seattle
4201 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98020
Charles Hasse, President
Washington Education Association
P.O. Box 9100
Federal Way, WA 98063
Pacific Northwest Regional Director
United Farm Workers
P.O. Box 8337
Tacoma, WA 98418
Washington State Long Term Care Ombudsman
Multi-Service Center, 1200 South 336th St.
Federal Way, WA 98093
Columbia Legal Services
711 Capitol Way, S., #304
Olympia, WA 98501
Organizing and Research Director
Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
906 S. Columbia, Rm. 330
Olympia, WA 98501
Washington Toxics Coalition
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
12015 S. Player Drive
Spokane, WA 99223
Pierce County Executive Committee
Minority Outreach Chair
11021 107th St. S.W.
Tacoma, WA 98498-1405
Raymundo Olivas, CEO
9011 14th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108