The Farmworker Association of Florida is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the fumigant pesticide methyl iodide. The organization says if the pesticide is not used correctly, it could put workers who may be exposed to it in tomato, pepper and strawberry fields at risk. WGCU’s Jenny Tavery reports.
Bouts of freezing weather in December decimated crops, causing about 200 million dollars in economic losses to Southwest Florida’s agriculture. As temperatures increased, that kind of news fell from the headlines, but life for many in the town of Immokalee has become a daily struggle to survive. WGCU’s John Davis found farmworkers living in the woods because they say they can no longer live off the work they’re getting.