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A Handbook of Food CrimeImmoral and Illegal Practices in the Food Industry and What to Do About Them$
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Allison Gray and Ronald Hinch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336013

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336013.001.0001

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Impact of hazardous substances and pesticides on farmers and farming communities

Impact of hazardous substances and pesticides on farmers and farming communities

(p.93) 6 Impact of hazardous substances and pesticides on farmers and farming communities
A Handbook of Food Crime

Jinky Leilanie Del Prado-Lu

Policy Press

Understanding the health risks of farmers and farming communities is essential in elaborating the phenomenon of food crime. This chapter argues that the production of agricultural food products is inimical to the health and safety of those who produce them. This is an ironic situation where the providers of food – farmers – become vulnerable, ill or injured, or disabled, or even die in the process of agricultural production. This is compounded by the lack of social and health protection for farmers, and absence of institutional support for farming in many developing countries despite the fact that farming is the most elemental and basic means of food production in society. This chapter argues that agricultural practices arising from market-oriented agricultural policies of institutions and governments present as food crime, and there should be conscious and concerted considerations at the institutional level, in including ecologic, health, and social implications of food production systems.

Keywords:   farmers, farming community, adverse health risks, pesticides, policy advocacy in agriculture

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