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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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Movements in Transition

Movements in Transition

Environmentalists, Farmworkers, and the Regulatory State, 1970–1976

(p.56) 4 Movements in Transition
Ghostworkers and Greens

Adam Tompkins

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the pesticide reform efforts of farmworkers, led by the United Farm Workers (UFW), in cooperation with the mainstream environmental movement in the years immediately following the DDT ban. It shows how environmental groups such as the Sierra Club expanded their lobbying efforts in Congress for the passage of a stronger regulatory law on pesticides. It also considers the Environmental Defense Fund’s attempts to get the Environmental Protection Agency to cancel all uses of aldrin and dieldrin. Finally, it discusses the UFW’s union battles with the Teamsters between 1972 and 1976 that affected its focus on agricultural chemicals, even as it continued to collaborate with some environmental groups on related issues.

Keywords:   pesticide reform, United Farm Workers, Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Protection Agency, aldrin, dieldrin, Teamsters, farmworkers, environmental movement

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