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Sustainable Agriculture and Farm Worker Health Hazards

Farming Is More Dangerous Than You Think

Farm Worker Safety

Farm Worker Safety

Agriculture is statistically one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S. Agricultural workers have a fatality rate 5 times higher than the average worker–not to mention increased risk of non-fatal injuries and ailments like heart disease, cancer, respiratory problems, and chronic pain.

Chronic chemical exposure, air pollution, and mechanical hazards are some of the principal factors threatening the well-being of agricultural workers. These are particularly prevalent in concentrated animal feeding operations (or CAFOs) and food packaging facilities.

Fortunately, more and more operations are taking the health and well-being of their workers into account and providing better conditions and training to that end. Continue reading