Research and Studies

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As We See It: Search for Alternative to Methyl Bromide Continues Unabated

From SantaCruzSentinel.com, 27 April 2012. It’s a sad irony that for years growing a healthy strawberry conventionally has required methyl bromide, a chemical so harmful it has been banned by international treaty because it is destroying the Earth’s ozone layer. Another dose of irony: The soil fumigant at first favored to replace methyl bromide, methyl … Continue reading

Child Labor in American Agriculture

From MNDaily.com, Eric Best, 3 Apr 2012. Nearly half a million children farm workers harvest almost 25 percent of our crops. It may sound like something out of the Industrial Revolution, but child labor still exists throughout the U.S. today, in surprising numbers. Most of these children are in undocumented families working in agriculture — … Continue reading

County Will Fund Study of Farmworker Housing

From NapaValleyRegister.com, Peter Jensen, 9 Jan 2012. Napa County’s housing director is asking the Board of Supervisors to spend about $110,000 to study the housing needs of farmworkers in the Napa Valley. The board is slated to vote on the proposal at its meeting Tuesday, and the money would come from the county’s affordable housing … Continue reading

Farmworker Interviews Reveal Heat Stress Illness

From CIRSInc.org, Vallerye Mosquera, 7 Jan 2012. With funding from University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, researchers at UC Davis and the California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) recently partnered with the Organizacion de Trabajadores Agricolas de California (OTAC) to conduct interviews with farmworkers in the Stockton area. We hoped to learn more … Continue reading

Program Teaches Farm Labor Contractors How to Avoid Problems

From The Grower.com, Fritz Roka, Cesar Asuaje, and Carlene Thissen, 28 Dec 2011. Editor’s note: This is the Immokalee Report, a monthly column written by researchers at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. This column appeared in the November-December 2011 issue of Citrus + Vegetable Magazine. A new University of Florida/Institute of Food and … Continue reading

The Hunger Report: Chapter 3 Farm Workers and Immigration Policy

From HungerReport.org, Nov 2011. Do you know who to thank for harvesting much of our U.S. fruits and vegetables? Immigrant farm workers. In fact, domestic production of fruits and vegetables—foods Americans should be consuming more of—could decrease significantly without immigrant farm workers. Close to three-fourths of all U.S. hired farm workers are immigrants, most of … Continue reading

Young Farm Workers at Greater Risk of Dying On-the-Job, Proposal to Protect Them Called “Detrimental,” “Foolish” and “Idiotic”

From ScienceBlogs.com, The Pump Handle, ‘Celeste Monforton, 18 Nov 2011. For U.S. workers, the risk of dying on the job is highest if you are employed in agricultural, fishing or hunting. These jobs are not just a little riskier than the average job, they are nearly 8 times more life-threatening. The fatality rate for all private sector … Continue reading

Opponents of Strawberry Fumigant Methyl Iodide Push Supes for County Action

From MontereyCountyWeekly.com, Sara Rubin, 17 Nov 2011. Chemical Chess Fumigation season in Monterey County came and went without an application of methyl iodide. But just as growers prep fields for winter plantings, the controversy over the fumigant is factoring into local political calculus. The Board of Supervisors has been asked to take a stance against … Continue reading

SAREP Launches Study to Identify Farmworker Challenges

From CAES.UCDavis.edu, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 6 Nov 2011. University of California, Davis — The UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program is launching a project to address California farmworkers’ living and working conditions. Through one-on-one interviews with members of local organizations that serve farmworkers, the researchers intend to learn how the university … Continue reading

U Of Washington Wins $1.45 Million for Ag Safety Center

From WesternFarmerStockMan.com, Staff, 1 Nov 2011. NIOSH helps UW operate health unit for ag, fish & forestry. Fatality rates in ag, fishing and forestry are 10 times that of other industries, averaging more than 25 deaths per 100,000 workers each year. A program aimed at reducing that number in the Pacific Northwest has just been … Continue reading

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