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Florida's farmworkers face a new challenge as state bans heat protections

Florida's farmworkers face a new challenge as state bans heat protections

Florida's Senate has passed a bill prohibiting local jurisdictions from enacting measures to protect workers from heat exposure, a decision that could endanger the lives of farmworkers across the state.

Grey Moran reports for Civil Eats.

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Dying in the fields as temperatures soar

Scores of California farmworkers are dying in the heat in regions with chronically bad air, even in a state with one of the toughest heat standards in the nation.
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Poor regulatory safeguards leave farmworkers suffocating in the face of increasing heat waves

A fifth of reported heat-related deaths between 2017 and 2022 were agricultural workers, according to OSHA data. Academics, occupational health specialists, and advocacy groups are calling attention to the under-reported impact of climate change on this group from heatwaves.
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How California’s drought upended a powerful farming district

For years, Westlands Water District fought for endless supplies of water — until the water started running out.

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Students are building the next generation of farmworker advocates

We talk to Yadira Paz-Martinez, a 19-year-old former farmworker, about learning the ropes of advocacy with Student Action with Farmworkers and using theater to connect with communities across North Carolina.
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Air pollution concerns for valley farm workers

Smoke that blankets California's Central Valley during wildfire season is proving to be a risk for farm workers.

What a surge in union organizing means for food and farm workers

What a surge in union organizing means for food and farm workers

Amid historic protests, walkouts, and union votes, the pandemic put the impacts of income inequality on stark display—and galvanized a movement.
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