Fed Up: The High Costs of Cheap Food by Dale Finley Slongwhite

By Dale Finley Slongwhite

One farmworker tells of the soil that may “bite” him, yet that used to be the chemical substances burning his epidermis. Others built lupus, bronchial asthma, diabetes, kidney failure, or suffered myriad signs without transparent prognosis. a few miscarried or had teenagers with genetic defects, whereas others constructed cancer.

In bored to death, Dale Slongwhite collects the approximately not possible and chilling oral histories of African American farmworkers whose lives, and the lives in their households, have been without end altered through essentially the most bad pesticide publicity incidents in usa’ history.

For many years, the farms round Lake Apopka, Florida’s 3rd biggest lake, have been sprayed with chemical substances starting from the now-banned DDT to toxaphene. one of the most efficient farmland in the USA, the fields have been doused with organochlorine insecticides, sometimes called chronic natural pollution; the once-clear waters of the lake became pea eco-friendly; birds, alligators, and fish died at alarming premiums; and nonetheless the farmworkers planted, harvested, packed, and shipped produce everywhere in the nation, enduring sizzling sunlight, snakes, rats, accidents, substandard housing, low wages, and the endocrine disruptors that crop dusters dropped as they toiled.

Eventually, kingdom and federal money have been allotted to shop for out and shut farms to try land recovery, water freshen up, and flora and fauna rehabilitation. however the farmworkers turned statistics, anonymous casualties historical past nearly forgot. listed here are their tales, informed of their personal words.

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