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Child Farmworkers Banned From Handling Pesticides, But Not Tobacco

Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) has been putting pressure on Reynolds American...to end child labor in its supply chain and give workers collective bargaining rights. Now, they’re planning to call for a boycott of the company’s products, as Chávez
BuzzFeed
added Sep 29, 2015 10:15
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The Blight of the Honey Bee

science of bee death is significantly more straightforward. There are two primary...culprits: the varroa mite...and pesticides themselves, especially a new class of “sublethal neonicotinoids,” which do not kill pests but turn them into cigarette fiends
New York Magazine
added Jun 21, 2015 17:01
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Bees prefer foods containing neonicotinoid pesticides

This work shows that bees cannot control their exposure to neonicotinoids in food and implies that treating flowering crops with IMD and TMX presents a sizeable hazard to foraging bees.
Nature
added Apr 23, 2015 09:36
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Seed coating with a neonicotinoid insecticide negatively affects wild bees

such insecticidal use can pose a substantial risk to wild bees in agricultural landscapes, and the contribution of pesticides to the global decline of wild bees may have been underestimated. The lack of a significant response in honeybee colonies suggests
Nature
added Apr 23, 2015 09:35
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[UK] Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides, study finds

Bees have a preference for sugar solutions laced with the pesticides, scientists say, as a separate landmark field trial show neonicotinoids harm bee population
The Guardian (uk)
added Apr 23, 2015 09:31
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Tobacco’s Hidden Children: Hazardous Child Labor in United States Tobacco Farming (PDF)

children working on tobacco farms in the united states are exposed to nicotine, toxic pesticides, and other dangers. child tobacco workers often labor 50 or 60 hours a week in extreme heat, use dangerous tools and machinery, lift heavy loads, and cl
Human Rights Watch
added Apr 17, 2015 10:59
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The Report on Carcinogens (PDF)

What’s New in the Report on Carcinogens? Four substances have been newly reviewed for inclusion in the 13th Report on Carcinogens. ortho-Toluidine is a chemical used to make rubber chemicals, pesticides...found in ... tobacco smoke
Environmental Health Perspectives (NIEHS)
added Oct 3, 2014 02:09
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Thousands of children toil in U.S. tobacco fields

Thousands of children, most of them the offspring of Hispanic immigrants, are working up to 60 hours per week in the tobacco fields in the southern United States where they are exposed to nicotine and pesticides, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.
La Prensa (San Antonio, TX)
added May 15, 2014 09:20
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Child Workers in Tobacco Fields Sickened by Nicotine and Pesticides

It wasn’t hard to track them down. “We found kids working in 40 counties across four states,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocate at the group. “In some places, when we went into fields, we would see whole crews of children.”
Business Week/Bloomberg
added May 15, 2014 09:19
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[USA] Report slams US tobacco child labour ($$)

Children who cannot legally buy cigarettes harvest tobacco, use heavy machinery and climb into barn rafters to dry leaves. During shifts as long as 12 hours, these workers – some as young as seven – are exposed to nicotine, pesticides and extreme heat. T
Financial Times (uk)
added May 14, 2014 17:28
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