While most Californians are staying home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, California farmers, farmworkers and other agricultural professionals are out in the fields and packing houses working to produce food.
With increased demand for personal protective equipment, or PPE, to protect against COVID-19, these essential workers are facing shortages. Agricultural commissioners in 28 counties are hearing from farmers who are having trouble getting PPE for their employees and farmers in another 11 counties who are worried about running out of PPE in the next month or two according to a California Department of Pesticide Regulation survey.
Gloves, N95 respirators, coveralls and other gear that workers wear to...
- Posted By: Brad Hanson
- Written by: repost from Scientific American blog
An article was posted a couple days ago on the Scientific American blog in which the author deconstructed what she saw as common myths about organic agriculture. I thought I'd repost Christie Wilcox's article here "Mythbusting 101: Organic Farming > Conventional Agriculture"
In her article, she tries to play myth buster on:
Myth #1: Organic Farms Don't Use Pesticides
Myth #2: Organic Foods are Healthier
Myth #3: Organic...
- Author: Amanda Crump
The adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" can apply to pesticide safety, too! When I was at Colorado State University in 2006, Sandra McDonald of Mountain West PEST led an effort to teach pesticide safety through the use of photos.
We took over 900 photos using the fluorescent dye Glo-Germ® illustrating proper and improper pesticide handling. The results of simulated photos speak for themselves:
This photo series illustrates the importance of wearing proper clothing and footwear. Notice the "glowing" areas on the girls legs in the picture on the right.