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Agricultural work ranks among the most dangerous jobs in America. The high incidence of injury and fatality on the farm and in the slaughterhouse has been brought to light in famous books such as Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation. But, other risks – such as exposure to toxic chemicals, influenza and antibiotic-resistant bacteria – have received less attention.
Recommended resources on this topic:
Reports & Other Documents
Inventory of Farmworker Issues and Protections in the United States
Bon Appetit Management Company Foundation and United Farm Workers, March 2011.
Weeding out abuses: Recommendations for a law-abiding farm labor system.
Farmworker Justice and Oxfam America, June 2010.
Health Status and Health Care Access of Farm and Rural Populations
Economic Research Service (USDA), August 2009.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Elevated Risk of Carrying Gentamicin-Resistant Escherichia coli among U.S. Poultry Workers
L.B. Price, et al. Environ Health Perspect, December 2007.
Neurologic symptoms and neuropathologic antibodies in poultry workers exposed to Campylobacter jejuni
L.B. Price, et al. J Occup Environ Med, July 2007.
Community health and socioeconomic issues surrounding concentrated animal feeding operations
K.J. Donham, et al. Environ Health Perspect, February 2007.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
International Labor Organization (ILO)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Additional Tools & Resources
National Agricultural Safety Database (NASD)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bulletin: “Avian Influenza: Protecting Poultry Workers at Risk”
U.S. EPA Ag Center Fact Sheets on Animal Agriculture, Pesticides, and Worker Protection Standards
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