Pesticides

2018–2019 Rapid Response Funding Awarded

May 21, 2019
Earlier this year, WCAHS accepted proposals for short-term projects that address research, outreach, or educational issues of agricultural health and safety in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and/or Nevada.

Christopher Simmons Honored by Department of Pesticide Regulation

February 12, 2019
The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) honored Christopher Simmons, PhD, and his research team, with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Achievement Award for their work with biosolarization, a process that combines the sun’s heat with soil amendments to manage weeds and other soil-borne pests.

Pesticides

Pesticides are an essential part of farming, but many conventional pesticides pose a health risk for humans. WCAHS investigators are evaluating safer alternatives, such as biosolarization.

Pesticide Safety

What are the occupational health and safety risks of working around pesticides?

Pesticides are commonly used in agriculture to protect crops from insects, diseases, and weeds. Because chemical pesticides are toxic to the target pest, they can also be harmful to human health and/or the environment.

WCAHS Fall Symposium 2017

February 20, 2018
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety met on October 26, 2017 at the UC Davis International Center for their Fall Symposium.

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
Potential health risks of wildfire smoke may be magnified due to pesticide application across California’s vast agricultural land and the use of fire retardants to fight fires.