Migrant Farmer Worker Conditions Deemed Unhealthy

The April Issue of Food Nutrition & Science Reviews a Study that Reveals Facilities for Migrant Workers Are Unsanitary and Dangerous; Also May is Mediterranean Diet Month; How Farmers are Using Apps to Manage their Farms; and more.

Apr 29, 2013, 10:00 ET from Food Nutrition & Science

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cooking and eating facilities for migrant farm workers don't comply with health regulations, according to a recent study from Wake Forest School of Medicine, published in the American Journal of Public Health and reviewed in the April issue of Food Nutrition & Science.  According to the study, these subpar conditions represent substantial threats to the health and safety of migrant workers and possibly to food supplies.

"The estimated 700,000 to 1.4 million migrant workers in the U.S. are critical to our agricultural production and if their conditions are unsanitary, it could create illness and subsequent food safety issues," says Phil Lempert, founder of Food Nutrition & Science and CEO of The Lempert Report. "In addition to the humanitarian concerns, there could be outbreaks that affect our food supply, but might not get reported."

Other articles in this issue include information about the 20th anniversary of International Mediterranean Diet Month taking place throughout May. The article reviews the history and popularity of this diet, the products that support it, and how retailers are celebrating.

Also this month, an article on how dairy farmers are jumping into the digital farming technology race with an app created specifically for their industry. The DairyCents Mobile App, developed by Penn State University (PSU) Extension, is a budget-friendly way for dairy farmers to compute costs and remain environmentally friendly. With just a couple of clicks on an Android or iPhone, dairy farmers can calculate income over feed costs among other items.

April's Food Nutrition & Science also has study results on alcohol consumption among adults, an interview with a brother and sister farm team at Gilliard Farms in Brunswick, Georgia, and a video tour with Farmer Nikki Weathers who farms mostly irrigated corn for silage, and more.

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