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Florida horticulture represents more than $15 billion in annual sales and supports more than 200,000 jobs, but safety for those workers has not been a priority: the Environmental Protection Agency's rules governing pesticide use have not been updated in over 20 years.

From the farmlands of California to the greenhouses of Florida, three quarters of a billion pounds of pesticides are prepared and administered under outdated safety regulations that do not meet the standards of other industries or reflect the unique circumstances of America's three million farmworkers - most of them poor, Latin immigrants who do not speak or read English and face serious repercussions for reporting abuse.

Photographed for Earthjustice

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Florida horticulture represents more than $15 billion in annual sales and supports more than 200,000 jobs, but safety for those workers has not been a priority: the Environmental Protection Agency's rules governing pesticide use have not been updated in over 20 years.<br />
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From the farmlands of California to the greenhouses of Florida, three quarters of a billion pounds of pesticides are prepared and administered under outdated safety regulations that do not meet the standards of other industries or reflect the unique circumstances of America's three million farmworkers - most of them poor, Latin immigrants who do not speak or read English and face serious repercussions for reporting abuse.<br />
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Photographed for Earthjustice