Virginia Ruiz and Eugenia Economos
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Virginia Ruiz, JD is Director of Occupational and Environmental Health at Farmworker Justice, a national advocacy and education organization for farmworkers in the U.S. She focuses on administrative and legislative advocacy and community education for farmworkers and other low-income Latino communities on issues related to environmental justice, occupational health and safety, and access to healthcare.

 

Jeannie Economos is the Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project Coordinator at the Farmworker Association of Florida, where she has worked for over 18 years on issues related to farmworkers’ exposure to pesticides.  She is also coordinator of the Lake Apopka Farmworker Memorial Quilt Project, that memorializes the former farmworkers on Lake Apopka who were exposed to toxic pesticides on the vegetable fields of Florida’s most contaminated large lake.

Opinion | Why We Need Organic for All?

Pesticides such as chlorpyrifos are linked to increased neurodevelopmental problems yet little is being done to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure; which is hundreds of times greater levels of toxic pesticides than consumers’.