Pesticide residues from the plants and soil where farmworkers spend much of their day pose serious health risks for them.  Often invisible to the naked eye, the residues cling to skin, clothing, hats, boots, tools, lunch coolers, car seats, and any other items in the work environment.  Farmworkers often do not even realize they are bringing these residues into their homes, where their children are then exposed to toxic substances that can make them sick.  Sometimes workers will bring pesticides used at work to their home to take care of a pest problem.  These products are not for residential use and are very dangerous to families when used in the home.  All of the situations mentioned above are known as take home exposure.

Project LEAF seeks to mitigate and increase awareness of these take home exposure risks to families through a training curriculum and other educational materials.  All training and materials are in a bilingual, low-literacy format that offers advice on how to reduce or even eliminate the possibility of exposing their children to pesticide residues.

Can you spot the ways in which Marcos may be accidentally exposing his children to pesticide residue?

As a pilot program, Project LEAF is currently operating at sites within five AFOP member organizations:

OIC Washington

Proteus, California

Telamon Virginia

Telamon Maryland

New York

Links to information on pesticides and alternatives:

Pesticide Action Network North America

Beyond Pesticides