Cristopher Rogel Blanquet Reveals the Painful Cost of Pesticide Use

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“Sebastián’s father told me that when he was born, the doctors told him that his life expectancy would be a maximum of five years,” photojournalist Cristopher Rogel Blanquet tells me. “This year, he turns 19.” Blanquet met Sebastián and his family while covering the human cost of agrochemical use in Villa Guerrero, Mexico, where 70% of the population works in the flower industry. Born with hydrocephalus, Sebastián is one of several people in the community who will have to contend with health issues for the rest of their lives. His family believes his condition is the result of long-term exposure to pesticides in the flower fields. 

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