Civil Disobedience

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While consumers purchase produces from markets, many of buyers are unaware of deadly pesticides that are regularly used on them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stated that even organic crops could be sprayed as long as pesticides were deemed “natural”. Americans had been using chemicals on produces since World War II and continuously used until the first strike took place, the Delano Grape Strike. This first protest was held in order to expose the risk in consuming intoxicated grapes. Pesticides not only affect the consumers, but also water, air, and soil. Cesar believed that five of the most dangerous pesticides used in grapes production should be banned because they caused health issues and may lead to death. In Cesar Chavez's Wrath of the Grapes Boycott, given in 1986 in Austin, Texas at a community center farm worker, labor leader and civil right activist Cesar regarding the harmful of agriculture in California, five of the leading pesticides should be banned of use in grapes and any crops. Several reports came out from The New York Times, stated that, "nearly 1,000 California, Pacific Northwest, Alaskan, and Canadian consumers became ill as the result of eating watermelons tainted with the powerful insecticide Aldicarb,” He, then, continued, “labeled the most acutely toxic pesticide registered in the United States." It shows the loophole on the regulations of the use of pesticides. Even though, it was one of the most toxic, unaware consumers were able to purchase those contaminated produces. One of the reports came from the Environmental Protection Agency stating that polluting the agriculture was the urgent matter that needed attention right away. Pesticides were also suspecting to be the main cause, "the illness of over 300,000 of the nation's 4 million farm workers." Cesar, then, added, "of the 27 legally restricted toxic poisons currently used…...

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