Proposition 65

The CWA also encouraged Californian voters to oppose Proposition 65, “The Toxics Initiative.” This proposition was also sponsored by the UFW. The CWA argued that farmers would lose useful and safe farm fertilizers, including weed and pest control, both essential for farming operations. Without them, they argued, farmers’ irrigation expenses would increase and individual farmers would be held responsible, with the “burden of proof” to demonstrate that their chemicals were safe by providing warning labels. The CWA also argued that this proposition would not actually promise safe drinking water and toxic enforcement. Still, Proposition 65 passed. 

Related Collections: 

1. "CWA Activism"

2. "CWA Activism: Proposition 65"