Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | April 16, 2009

Pesticides:What’s a Woman to Do?

Through The Eyes of Women brought questions and concerns to three women in this series:

Teresa de Anda a member of The Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, a national organization that provides legal and technical assistance to people fighting environmental hazards.

Teresa, her family and her town were exposed to pesticides during an aerial application in 1999.  The pesticides fell on the town and the people and not the intended crops.  The result of this was devastation to the health of many.

Teresa tells of that night in Earlimart in a talk she gave to the Women’s Foundation of California.   For the full account: http://www.womensfoundca.org/atf/cf/%7BF4E8B0D2-94CD-4B29-B9F4-FEE4BA76EAE1%7D/galaremarks_td.pdf

Website for The Center on Race and Poverty and the Environment

http://www.crpe-ej.org/about/advisory/deanda.html

She is also a very active member of Californians for Pesticide Refrom

http://www.pesticidereform.org   ( a lot of current information at this site)

My favorite quote from Teresa:”My anger became awareness, my tears became action, and I became an advocate.”

I also spoke with Mary-Ann Warmerdam. She is Director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation.  Mary-Ann’s bio and credentials  are many and can be found at: http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/dprbios.htm

The California Department of Pesticide Regualtionhas worked to create a “web-based pesticide illness surveillance data query system”.  The press release concerning this list can be found at: http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pressrls/2009/090324.htm

The query itself is worth reading.  Listed in the far right of the report are the circumstances for every incident reported.

http://apps.cdpr.ca.gov/calpiq/

Patty Clary  is our last guest in the conversation about pesticide drift.  She is the director for Californians for Alternatives to Toxics located in Eureka.

Patty spoke of her experience of being exposed to ‘agent orange’ a defoliant sprayed in the mountains and how that exposure cost her years of very poor health.  She became an activist.

Californians for Alternatives to Toxics has a web site full of useful information: http://www.alternatives2toxics.org/contact.htm

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