farming

September 21, 2018

The UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) is collaborating with farmworkers and other UW researchers to evaluate the health and living conditions of farmworkers in Whatcom and Skagit counties through surveys a

Pesticide exposure in farmworkers from agricultural communities is associated with changes in the mouth microbiome. The first study to demonstrate such a correlation in humans was published Nov.

A Ph.D. student at the University of Washington plans to tackle issues in sustainable dairy farming, and will do so with help from a Seattle-based nonprofit.
 

An overview of the U.S. food system and its impact on public health includes nuggets you may find hard to digest:

Seth Holmes, a physician and anthropologist, picked strawberries with farmworkers in Washington State and couldn’t meet the minimum requirements to keep this low-paying job.

Air pollution tends to be thought of as an urban problem, not an issue in agricultural areas such as those in Eastern Washington.

While health-conscious individuals understand the benefits of eating fresh fruits and veggies, they may not be aware of the volume of pesticides they could be ingesting with their vitamin C and fiber.

Dehydration. Heat stroke. Asthma. Broken bones.

Sexual harassment is an occupational health risk for women in the agricultural industry, a fact long known in the fields and recently confirmed by a University of Washington study. 

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