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andldquo;The Lake Apopka survivors are claiming justice, and their plight, long-time forgotten, is beginning to resonate across international borders.andrdquo;andmdash;Chela Vazquez, Campaign Coordinator, Pesticide Action Network North America


andldquo;Slongwhiteandrsquo;s modern tragedy reflects the increasing power of the Big Food corporationsandrsquo; influence in D.C.andmdash;and why something this unimaginable, passing from one generation to the nextandmdash;can take place. Testimony like this belongs in the Federal Register.andrdquo;andmdash;Theo Colborn, president, TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange)


andldquo;Poignant, gut-wrenching, and real, this book should be required reading for everyone who eats.andrdquo;andmdash;Barry Estabrook, author of Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit


andldquo;Presents compelling and heart-wrenching stories about profound social and environmental injustices. Yet these are also stories about strength, survival, and the victory of the human spirit.andrdquo;andmdash;Joan Flocks, director, Social Policy Division at the Center for Governmental Responsibility, Levin College of Law, University of Floridaand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;


One farmworker tells of the soil that would andldquo;biteandrdquo; him, but that was the chemicals burning his skin. Other laborers developed blindness, lupus, asthma, diabetes, kidney failure, or suffered myriad symptoms with no clear diagnosis. Some miscarried or had children with genetic defects while others developed cancer.

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 disturbing pesticide exposure incidents in United Statesandrsquo; history.

For decades, the farms around Lake Apopka, Floridaandrsquo;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 repeatedly covered with organochlorine pesticides, also known as persistent organic pollutants. The once-clear waters of the lake turned pea green from decades of pesticide-related run-off. Research proved that birds, alligators, and fish were all harmed. And still the farmworkers planted, harvested, packed, and shipped produce all over the country, enduring scorching sun, snakes, rats, injuries, substandard housing, and low wages. All the while, endocrine-disruptor chemicals were dropped over their heads by crop dusters as they labored in the poison-saturated fields.


Eventually, state and federal dollars were allocated to buy out and close farms to attempt land restoration, water clean up, and wildlife protection. But the farmworkers became statisticsandmdash;nameless casualties history almost forgot. Here are their stories, told in their own words.

About the Author

Dale Finley Slongwhite is a creative writing consultant and freelance writer.

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farmworkerassoc, January 5, 2014 (view all comments by farmworkerassoc)
Love the title and the cover. I look forward to reading it and hope that it helps to open a window into the lives of the people who fed a nation for decades.
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Slongwhite, Dale Finley
University Press of Florida
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2 maps, 83 b/w photos
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Politics » Labor
History and Social Science » Sociology » Agriculture and Food
History and Social Science » World History » General

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