Farmworker Health and Safety

Cannabis Farmworkers' Safety and Health

February 20, 2018
Cannabis Farmworkers' Safety and Health Cannabis in California

Cannabis is the highest valued- albeit covert- agricultural product in California, with an estimated annual $23.3 billion in cash farm receipts. Approximately 13.3 million pounds of cannabis were produced in California in 2016. Between 165,000 and 230,000 farmers and farmworkers are estimated to be employed in California’s cannabis industry.

The Secret Life Of California's World-Class Strawberries

February 14, 2018
NPR's The Salt Discusses the Importance of Strawberry Production in California. 

May is the month we see strawberries explode in the market. Those traditional harvest time festivals make us think our strawberries are mostly grown on the farm just down the road.

But in fact, one state — California — supplies 80 percent of America's strawberries, and the percentage is growing. Read the full article

Healthy Lungs and Agriculture

November 16, 2017

Agricultural workers face numerous airborne threats every day. Air pollutant emissions, soil fumigants, pesticides, mold, asbestos, and dust are a few of the potential lung health hazards that an agricultural worker can come into contact through work.

Wildfire smoke and pesticides – a dangerous mixture?

October 09, 2017

Wildfire smoke filled the air across much of the West this summer. That was certainly the case in Davis where researchers are studying the potential health risks of wildfire smoke. This risk may be magnified due to pesticide application across California’s vast agricultural land and the use of fire retardants to fight fires. 

Climate Change an Occupational Risk for Outdoor Workers

September 20, 2017

Climate change is presenting major occupational challenges, especially to those who work outside in extreme weather. Just think of the emergency personnel bravely responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, not to mention those who work outside regularly, such as landscapers and farmworkers.