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Ghostworkers and GreensThe Cooperative Campaigns of Farmworkers and Environmentalists for Pesticide Reform$
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Adam Tompkins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801456688

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801456688.001.0001

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Diversity and Unity in the Pesticide Reform Movement

Diversity and Unity in the Pesticide Reform Movement

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(p.150) Diversity and Unity in the Pesticide Reform Movement
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Ghostworkers and Greens
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Adam Tompkins

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801456688.003.0009

This book concludes by discussing the diversity and unity that have characterized the pesticide reform movement. It suggests that environmentalists and farmworker groups interested in pesticide reform worked together and separately, using traditional political channels but also outside in the streets and in the fields as they tried to reduce the threat that dangerous pesticides pose to human health and the environment. It also reviews both the shortcomings and successes of pesticide activism, as well as the breaks that divide farmworkers and the environmental movement and the bridges between them. It argues that farmworker groups and environmental organizations belong to a broad social movement to transform the chemically intensive industrial agriculture system that developed in the post-World War II era. Finally, the book reminds environmental organizations and farmworker groups to remain ever vigilant as dangerous pesticides continue to be in use after decades of engagement in pesticide politics.

Keywords:   pesticide reform, farmworker groups, pesticides, pesticide activism, environmental movement, environmental organizations, agriculture, pesticide politics

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