respiratory health

Respiratory Health

Respiratory health is a major concern for farmers, farmworkers, and their families due to high exposure levels of air pollution while working outside (e.g., environmental dust, transportation, and/or agricultural practices). Some of the highest rates of asthma in the country are in the California Central Valley, which is the primary center for agricultural production and some of the country's highest air pollution levels.

Wildfire Safety Tips

July 09, 2018

No matter where you are in California, it is likely you will experience smoke from wildfires this summer. Smoke contains fine particles that can harm health.

The young, elderly, and those with asthma or heart or lung conditions are at greatest risk. Symptoms may include coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.

Healthy Lungs and Agriculture

November 16, 2017

By Emily Walsh, Director of Community Outreach & Mesothelioma Cancer Expert

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.