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Agricultural health

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Background

  • Agricultural health is the study of environmental, occupational, dietary, and genetic factors that may affect the health of those who work or live in agricultural environments, including farmers (i.e., farm owners), farm families, and farm workers.
  • Agricultural workers may be subjected to health risks from exposure to a number of health hazards, including pesticides, fumes, toxic chemicals, fertilizers, dust, excessive sunlight, heat, and dangerous machinery.
  • As a group, agricultural workers have a higher risk of asthma and other respiratory diseases, certain cancers, spontaneous abortions (miscarriages), and neurological diseases.
  • The ongoing Agricultural Health Study (AHS) is being conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many organizations are collaborating in the compilation of data that will provide needed insight into agricultural health.
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Health Impact/Safety

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References

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