The occupational, safety, and health of Florida farm workers: environmental justice in the fields

J Health Hum Serv Adm. 2002 Winter;25(3):281-314.


This study involves a survey of farm workers in two South Florida counties questioning the workers about pesticide exposure, health problems, and laws and legal rights. A finding is that the federal and state laws which are currently in place to protect the workers from pesticide exposure are not adequately implemented. Several of the health problems farm workers noted match the symptoms of moderate and mild pesticide poisoning. The study concludes with policy recom mendations for federal and Florida officials to change and better enforce the current laws pertaining to farm workers.

MeSH terms

  • Agricultural Workers' Diseases / epidemiology
  • Agriculture / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Air Pollutants, Occupational / adverse effects
  • Florida / epidemiology
  • Health Policy / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Occupational Exposure / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Pesticides / poisoning
  • Transients and Migrants


  • Air Pollutants, Occupational
  • Pesticides