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Farmworkers Pay a Heavy Price for California's Bounty

Farmworkers Pay a Heavy Price for California's Bounty

California farmworkers work long days for about $7.50 an hour to pick fruit in orchards doused with nitrogen fertilizers. A UC Davis study released in March found that nitrates from fertilizers and dairy waste have contaminated groundwater supplies. Because farmworkers live near the fields they work in, they're at high risk for nitrate-contaminated drinking water.

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Will Conventional Produce Lower Your Child's IQ?

Will Conventional Produce Lower Your Child's IQ?

While these women had slightly higher than average pesticide exposure due to their proximity to farming centers, their levels were not out of range of national averages.

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