Fed Up: The High Costs of Cheap Food - A Florida Quincentennial Book (Hardback)Dale F. Slongwhite (author)
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In Fed Up, Dale Slongwhite collects the nearly inconceivable and chilling oral histories of African American farmworkers whose lives, and those of their families, were forever altered by one of the most horrific pesticide exposure incidents in United States' history.
For decades, the farms around Lake Apopka, Florida's third largest lake, were sprayed with chemicals ranging from the now-banned DDT to toxaphene. Among the most productive farmlands in America, the fields were doused with organochlorine pesticides, also known as persistent organic pollutants; the once-clear waters of the lake turned pea green; birds, alligators, and fish died at alarming rates; and still the farmworkers planted, harvested, packed, and shipped produce all over the country, enduring scorching sun, snakes, rats, injuries, substandard housing, low wages, and the endocrine disruptors dropped by crop dusters.
Eventually, state and federal dollars were allocated to buy out and close the farms to attempt land restoration, water clean-up, and wildlife rehabilitation. But the farmworkers became statistics, nameless casualty's history almost forgot. Here are their stories, told in their own words.
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
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