Joy Horowitz

Freelance writer and author

I'm a veteran freelance journalist and former staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. My articles have appeared in the New York Times, Time magazine, the New Yorker and many other national publications. I've also authored two books -- a memoir, TESSIE AND PEARLIE: A GRANDDAUGHTER'S STORY (Scribner, 1996), and an investigation into an alleged cancer cluster and resulting litigation, PARTS PER MILLION:THE POISONING OF BEVERLY HILLS HIGH SCHOOL (Viking, 2007). I graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School's MSL program for journalists. In 2008, I took a year off to work on the Obama campaign as a precinct captain and field organizer in California and Nevada.


<p>Recent studies have found statistical links between pesticide use and an outbreak of Parkinson's disease in California farm towns. Researchers even know which chemicals are the likely culprits. What's the government doing about it? Not much.</p>

<p>California's Central Valley, once called "the richest agricultural region in the history of the world," is a 400-mile-long swath of some of the world's most productive agricultural land. About one-fourth of the produce consumed in the United States is grown in the Central Valley -- and nearly half of all pesticides used in this country are sprayed on crops in the region.</p>