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RURAL AND WORRIED: Living next to farmland seems dreamy until the pesticides come raining down, says Cuyama Valley residents Jolaine Gorilla (left) and Nancy Ingalls. “They are making precautions for pickers to wear protective suits and get blood tests, but yet we have to live here,” said Ingalls, whose oncologist told her to leave the area during a recent spray of malathion. State law, however, allows the use of pesticides, so long as the label directions are followed properly. Said one farm manager, “When they live out in an agricultural area, they have to expect farming to go on at some level.”

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