Farmworkers And White Collar Crime Term Paper

Length: 6 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Agriculture Type: Term Paper Paper: #71517694 Related Topics: White Collar Crime, White Collar Crimes, Agricultural Practices, Academia
Excerpt from Term Paper :

Simple procedures can help, but not eliminate drift issues, and are quite low tech. First, depending on the wind and time of day, close the windows that face the field or prevailing wind. Add a fan to create a backdraft by pulling air through the home in the opposite direction of the drift. Once the spraying is done and the drift settled a bit, hose down nearby bushes, windows, the roof and outside of the house. At any signs of exposure, wash eyes with clear water and try to shower several times to remove as much of the potential chemical contamination as possible

Publicize -- Certainly public strikes, marches, and visible actions bring public scruitiny into the issue. Because a great deal of the problem lies in the California agricultural region, an organization was formed as a type of State and national clearinghouse for action, information, and change. This organization, Californians for Pesticide Reform, wishes to improve and protect human health, act as a proponent for suistanable agriculture, and improve environmental quality. They also wish to build a strong, multi-racial conglomoration that will change statewide, and eventually national, policies and practices regarding pesticide drift (Reform, 2010)

Document -- Working with the Pesticide Action Network of North America, and supplemented with mini-grants from numerous Latino action groups, ordinary citizens in these towns and camps near fields are working to take regular air samples from various parts of the town; document these results, and then submit to the University of California, Berkeley, for analysis. The residents also note wind direction and approximate speed, as well as any symptoms they notice on particular days. While the EPA has no official federal standards regarding acceptable levels of drift, most activisits believe that scientific papers published by peer reviewed academics will carry more weight once enough data is collected. An additional challenge, though, is that the vast majority of many of the active chemicals in modern pesticides, sometimes over a thousand, have not been assessed and studied in any scientific manner. Testing, notes one EPA official, was never designed to identify problems in extremely small parts per million that have drifted several miles based on weather and wind speed (Clarren, 2008).

Historical Basis for Worker's Gaining Improvement in Safety Conditions -- Interestingly enough, there have been two rather popular motion pictures that were based on actual cases in which members of the public were exposed to toxic chemicals simply because of the location of their homes. A Civil Action (1998) based on a book of the same name told the story of environmental pollution that took

...

Essentially, a company dumped trichlorethylene (an industrial solvent) into the ground, which contaminated the local aquifer. Health problems, especially cancers, were far higher statistically in the area. While the partent company eventually settled, a later EPA report concluded that the company accused had, in fact, contaminated the wells. It took almost a decade, though, for this matter to work its way through the courts (Harr, 1996). Similarly, and again showing the tremendous time and resources that corporations can use to deny and defray legal redress, Erin Brokovitch (2000) based on the true story of an American legal-clerk who, despite lacking a formal education, was instrumental in helping to construct a 1993 case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in California finally resulting in a $333 million settlement (Brockovich, 2003).

These are but two of numerous stories in which workers or citizens have attempted to defy the establishment and work to change laws regarding environmental or safety hazards. Unfortunately, the record shows that it takes a great deal of time, patience, and often money and backing, to even hope to triumph in one of these cases. In the case of pesticide drift, specifically, it appears that two things have the best chance of changing the current lack of legislation: proof from academic scholarship that drift and minute portions of pollutants has a negative effect on humans, and; continued public pressure and activism bringing the problem to light and focusing on the issue as a human problem affecting everyone near fields, not just migrant workers.

Works Cited

Verification of Pesticide Drift Reduction Technologies. (2007, August). Retrieved June 23, 2010,

from Epa.gov: http://www.epa.gov/etv/pubs/600etv07024.pdf

Farm Workers and Allies Ask Government to Protect Kids. (2009, October 14). Retrieved June

25, 2010, from United Farm Workers: http://ufw.org/_board.php?mode=view&b_code=news_press&b_no=5763&page=2&field=&key=&n=615

Pesticide Drift in Florida: School Children Still at Risk. (2009). Retrieved June 24, 2010, from Panna.Org: http://www.panna.org/files/hastingsFLSum20080923.pdf

Agency, E.P. (2009, December). Pesticide Spray and Dust Drift. Retrieved June 24, 2010, from Epa.gov: http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/factsheets/spraydrift.htm

Brockovich, E. (2003). Take it From Me. New York: McGraw Hill.

Clarren, R. (2008, July). Pesticide Drift. Retrieved June 21, 2010, from Onionmagazine.org:

http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/3045/

Cox, C. (1995, Spring 15:1). Indiscriminately from the Skies. Retrieved June 23, 2010, from Pesticide.org: http://www.pesticide.org/drift.pdf

Harr, J. (1996). A Civil Action. New York: Vintage.

McCauley, Anger, Keifer, et.al. (2006). Studying Health Outcomes in Farmworker Populations

Exposed to Pesticides. Environmental Health Perspectives, 114(6), 953-60.

Reform, C. f. (2010, January). Mission Statement and Platform. Retrieved June 21, 2010, from Pesticidereform.org: http://www.pesticidereform.org/section.php?id=17

Womach, J. (2006, June 16). Agriculture: A Glossary of Terms, Programs, and Laws. Retrieved June 24, 2010, from CRS Report for Congress: http://ncseonline.org/nle/crsreports/05jun/97-905.pdf

Zahm and Blair. (2001). Assessing the Feasbility of Epidemiologic Research on Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers: An Overview. American Journal of Ind. Medicine, 40(5), 487-9.

Sources Used in Documents:

Works Cited

Verification of Pesticide Drift Reduction Technologies. (2007, August). Retrieved June 23, 2010,

from Epa.gov: http://www.epa.gov/etv/pubs/600etv07024.pdf

Farm Workers and Allies Ask Government to Protect Kids. (2009, October 14). Retrieved June

25, 2010, from United Farm Workers: http://ufw.org/_board.php?mode=view&b_code=news_press&b_no=5763&page=2&field=&key=&n=615


Cite this Document:

"Farmworkers And White Collar Crime" (2010, June 25) Retrieved July 31, 2021, from
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/farmworkers-and-white-collar-crime-10073

"Farmworkers And White Collar Crime" 25 June 2010. Web.31 July. 2021. <
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/farmworkers-and-white-collar-crime-10073>

"Farmworkers And White Collar Crime", 25 June 2010, Accessed.31 July. 2021,
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/farmworkers-and-white-collar-crime-10073

Related Documents
Erin Brockovich the Ethics of
Words: 665 Length: 2 Pages Topic: Urban Studies Paper #: 2375836

Chromium 6 is a Class A carcinogen only in "extremely heavy occupational exposure, as when manufacturing it or using it in welding; the exposure in these cases was through inhalation. That explains why the two cancers connect to Chromium 6 are "parts of the body with which air makes direct contact during inhalation," while it is a Class D (no link) carcinogen for ingestion through the water supply (Fumento,

Erin Brockovich
Words: 1439 Length: 4 Pages Topic: Business - Ethics Paper #: 60704461

Erin Brockovich directed by Barry Sorenson. Specifically it will discuss technological systems and ethics throughout the film, and their implications for society. Erin Brockovich is a disturbing drama about ethics and ethical issues in society. It clearly illustrates how these issues can break down society if it allows them to. What is more disturbing is the issues in the film were essentially true and did occur. Ethics in America

Erin Brockovich Perhaps the Most
Words: 372 Length: 1 Pages Topic: Government Paper #: 25783154

Unfortunately, as noted by Thomas Dye (2002), the relative power of interest groups in Washington D.C. is not determined by the sheer numbers of the members, but upon the social makeup of the interest group. Interest groups made up of the elite members of society, with the 'right' education and professional connections have more influence with more powerful politicians. One of the most transgressive aspects of Erin's persona is that

Erin Brockovich 2000 and Flash of Genius 2008 Movie Analysis
Words: 2032 Length: 6 Pages Topic: Sports Paper #: 92232962

Movie Analysis: Erin Brockovich (2000) And Flash of Genius (2008) Erin Brockovich (2000) and Flash of Genius (2008): Movie Analysis Business law is the branch of law that deals with how persons and businesses interact in merchandising, trade, and commerce. The movies 'Flash of Genius' and 'Erin Brockovich' are perfect demonstrations of how business law is used to resolve day-to-day conflicts in the interaction between persons and corporations. This text reviews the

Movie Erin Brockovich
Words: 545 Length: 2 Pages Topic: Careers Paper #: 72146814

Erin Brockovich Did you come away from the movie convinced that the company had done wrong and that Masry and Erin had performed a beneficial service? If so, why did you reach those conclusions? Yes, the company had been involved in wrongdoing and Masry / Erin performed a beneficial service. This is because PG&E was buying up homes that were contaminated (based on their waste management practices). They would then destroy these

True Story of Erin Brockovich
Words: 1038 Length: 3 Pages Topic: Film Paper #: 98575046

She shows why courage is important and how courage can impact a large number of people. In the action/thriller/dark comedy Kill Bill, the protagonist called simply The Bride exhibits courage of a different sort. Although The Bride does demonstrate moral as well as physical courage due to her sense of righteousness regarding her ex-boyfriend, The Bride emerges as a purely physical hero. The Bride undertakes physical challenges that Tarantino portrays