How Can We Make Farm Work Healthier?

How Can We Make Farm Work Healthier? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

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A Zócalo/The California Wellness Foundation Event
Moderated by Alice Daniel, News Director, KVPR
Arte Américas
1630 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721
Free parking is available in the Arte Américas parking lot and the lot directly in front of the building on Van Ness Avenue. Free street parking is also available after 6pm.

Farm work is vital to our society—and dangerous for the people who do it. Farmworkers are exposed to a variety of health hazards: noise, heat, harmful chemicals, and musculoskeletal injuries, to name a few. Farmworkers’ struggles with long hours, low wages, polluted air, overcrowded housing, and frequent relocations often add to their challenges, especially in mental health. What do Californians owe to the laborers who put fruits, vegetables, nuts, and milk on our tables? How are changes in technology and immigration enforcement reshaping the nature of farm work and its health concerns? What progress has been made in protecting the health of farmworkers, and what important steps are regulators or the agricultural industry refusing to take? Organic farmer and artist Nikiko Masumoto, Huron Mayor Rey León, health researcher Chia Thao, and Tania Pacheco-Werner, co-assistant director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute, visit Zócalo to consider how to make farm work healthier.