Wellington Florida – Air Quality Impacted By Sugarcane Burning

Sugarcane burning increases the efficiency of sugarcane harvests and lowers the costs of producing sugar.  Unfortunately, it also brings unwanted smoke and ash into the community.  West of the Village of Wellington, in Palm Beach County, there are 300,000 acres of sugarcane fields.  Between October and April, farmers burn the fields to rid the plants of leafy material, which accounts for about 25% of each plant.

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The resulting smoke and ash leads to negative health effects for those in the surrounding communities. When the fields are burning and the air quality is poor, there is an increase in asthma attacks, coughs and itchy eyes.  The smoke and ash enters homes and offices and may affect indoor air quality long after the plants are done burning.  The Sierra Club is calling for the end of sugarcane burning,   “It’s time to end a practice that makes our community sick,” Julie Hathaway, of the Sierra Club.

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As indoor air quality specialists, we are hopeful that the practice of burning the cane fields will give way to a new process that will be less detrimental to the health of the people living in Belle Glade, Pahokee, Loxahatchee, Wellington, and Royal Palm Beach.

If you live in these communities and you would like to speak to us about your indoor air quality concerns…please call us!  888.979.9564

We offer indoor air quality testing and air duct cleaning that can help ensure that your indoor air is as clean, fresh, and healthy as possible.

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Source posted by Michelle

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