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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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Confronting the Consequences of the Pesticide Paradigm

Confronting the Consequences of the Pesticide Paradigm

(p.1) Confronting the Consequences of the Pesticide Paradigm
Ghostworkers and Greens

Adam Tompkins

Cornell University Press

This book examines the cooperative efforts between farmworkers and environmentalists to campaign for pesticide reform. It charts the development of chemically intensive, industrial-style agriculture in the United States and shows how environmental and farmworker groups found a common ground to battle the indiscriminate use of pesticides in agriculture and acted as important knowledge brokers advocating for reform of pesticide use practices in order to make agricultural pest control safer and thus protect human health. It considers how cooperation between farmworker groups and the environmental movement often depended upon the work of bridge-builders within one or more of the organizations. It argues that these bridge-builders transcended differences among diverse movements and ably negotiated their cultural terrain to foster working relationships. The book also discusses pesticide politics from the local to international levels, with particular emphasis on the long struggle to halt the usage of methyl bromide.

Keywords:   farmworkers, pesticide reform, agriculture, farmworker groups, pesticides, environmental movement, pesticide politics, methyl bromide, pest control, knowledge brokers

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