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Annu Rev Public Health. 2004;25:225-45.

Issues of agricultural safety and health.

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Environmental and Occupational Health, Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102, USA.


Agricultural work is the most prevalent type of employment in the world. In the United States only a few are engaged in creating food and fiber for many. Agriculture includes farming, ranching, fishing, and forestry, and together they carry significant risk for the development of injury or illness. There are numerous special-population issues related to agriculture. Farmers are old and growing older, many workers are children, and migrant and seasonal help, often foreign born, make up a large percentage of the workforce. It has been only relatively recently that concerns of agricultural safety and health have become a major research focus in the United States.

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