sustainable agriculture

Biosolarization: A Sustainable Agriculture Practice that Improves Farmworker Safety

September 26, 2017
Small Grants, Big Impacts

My research in sustainable agriculture focuses on alternatives to fumigants, a class of pesticides used to control soil-borne pests, such as worms and weeds. Fumigants are commonly used prior to planting in strawberry and almond production in addition to many other California crops. They can be quite toxic, with short- and long-term health effects including irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory system as well as nausea, vomiting, and in extreme cases, death.