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According to Barry Estabrook author of Tomatoland Florida has a significant pesticide problem far worse than in California the other major tomato growing state However tomatoes growing in Florida need to have pesticides because without them the tomato crop would not grow Consequently these pesticides create dangers for the migrant workers on the fields Estabrook provides plenty of evidence as to why pesticide exposure is dangerous for the workers Many of the workers wish they could complain about the problem but they wouldnt dare to because of the repercussions that would come from it one being getting beatings from their owner Even if the workers wanted to report the problems Florida officials would look with a blind-eye and pretend to not know whats happening on the fields Florida doctors arent getting the incentives that California doctors get for treating cases of pesticide problems making those doctors less likely to help out A main solution to the problem as Estabrook points out which is to stop tomatoes from growing in Florida and to go back to the traditional way of growing tomatoes Overall its important for Florida to have pesticides as long as tomatoes are growing there in the winter However the pesticides are used at the expense of the workersThe conditions in Florida are much worse than other places such as California According to Estabrook this is because of their climates However as long as there are tomatoes growing in Florida during the winter pesticides are needed because without the use of pesticides bugs and other insects would stay on the tomatoes Estabrook says basking in the same balmy climate Floridas pests fungi and bacteria stay vigorous and healthy year-round just waiting to attack the next crop of tomatoes Estabrook 20 Because of the reason Estabrook states pesticides need to be sprayed on the tomatoes because the tomatoes wont grow without themPesticides create dangerous situations for workers One of the dangers mentioned in the
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