Immigrant farm-worker parents of children with disabling birth defects in Kettleman City, California are blaming exposure to pesticides sprayed on fields adjacent to their homes, contaminated drinking water, diesel exhaust and a hazardous waste dump for the health problems their children are suffering. They are probably right, (but proving it will be difficult). Meanwhile, farmers in some of the most productive farmland in India struggle with now-degraded soil, depleted groundwater and stagnant crop yields – all because of overuse of government-subsidised urea fertiliser and water pollution from ...


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