America's agricultural work force is being systematically liquidated by an epidemic of occupational disease and traumatic death and injury in the face of diminishing local and federal resources. This largely unrecognized epidemic is endangering the health and safety of both American agriculture and them rural communities that rely so heavily on agribusiness.
In order to document these problems for the public record and to stimulate activities leading to formation of a national policy addressing agricultural health and safety problems, a four-part, action-oriented conference was held in September, 1988 in Iowa City and Des Moines, IA. This Report to the Nation describes the conference organization, summarizes the scientific papers presented at the conference, and lists the wealth of policy recommendations that were produced by conference participants.
Complete Report (8.5 MB)
Report in four sections (for those with slower connections):
* National Coalition for Agricultural Safety and Health, 3rd ed, May 1989.
Conference Chairman, Kelley J. Donham, M.S., D.V.M.