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Abstract: Farm labor is one of the most grueling jobs in the United States with high fatality rates and poor health outcomes for workers. Through the development of a conceptual framework titled the Farmworker Health Landscape and a survey with 132 farmers and dairy producers in the Northeast United States, this thesis presents a theoretical and empirical explanation of the barriers to improving ... read morehealth and safety for farmworkers. Certain political, sociocultural and economic factors act as structural barriers through the way that they shape the determinants of health for this largely immigrant farmworker population. Determinants of health are broadly classified as working conditions, access to health care and housing conditions. The structural barriers discussed include limited labor protections and standards for farmworkers, racism and discrimination, and financial pressures felt by farmers and workers alike.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2018.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisors: Sheldon Krimsky, and Sean Cash.
Keywords: Labor relations, Agriculture, and Occupational safety.read less