Reclaiming the future of food and farming

Pesticide use near schools triggers a push for statewide regulations

Rio Mesa High School sits just outside the strawberry growing hub of Oxnard and is surrounded by vast fields of the juicy red fruit.

Jeff Elliott's twin daughters, in 11th grade, are on the school's track and cross-country teams, and they practice alongside neat rows of squat, green plants. But he worries that the chemicals that help protect the fruit might be hurting his girls. Elliott said his daughters told him at least twice that they sprinted through foul-smelling fumigation operations during runs near the campus.

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