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Your Environment. Your Health.

Agricultural Health

Introduction

Man applying pesticides to field

Agricultural health is the study of environmental, occupational, dietary, and genetic factors on the health of farmers, farm families, pesticide applicators, and others who work with and are exposed to agricultural chemicals. The NIEHS is a partner with the National Cancer Institute in the Agricultural Health Study, a long-term study of 60,000 pesticide applicators, farm workers, and their spouses that is exploring the potential links between agricultural exposures and cancer and other chronic diseases.

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What is NIEHS Doing?

NIEHS Research Efforts

Further Reading

Stories from the Environmental Factor (NIEHS Newsletter)

Additional Resources

  • Talking to Your Doctor - Resources from NIH You can play an active role in your health care by talking to your doctor. Clear and honest communication between you and your physician can help you both make smart choices about your health.
  • Applying 21st Century Toxicology to Green Chemical and Material Design Speakers from a number of fields participated in discussions and presentations over the course of the 2011 two-day event on "Applying 21st Century Toxicology to Green Chemical and Material Design" in environmental health decisions. Here you can find the PowerPoint presentations from each talk.
  • A Watchful Eye on Farm Families' Health - CHAMACOS study shows that when pregnant women are exposed to pesticides or flame retardants, their kids may have health problems like wheezing or lower IQ. This is the eighth in a series of videos about sustainable agriculture and healthy eating. The series was produced in collaboration with the Global Food Initiative at the University of California.
  • NIH Study Finds Two Pesticides Associated with Parkinson's Disease - New research shows a link between use of two pesticides, rotenone and paraquat, and Parkinson's disease. People who used either pesticide developed Parkinson's disease approximately 2.5 times more often than non-users.
  • Climate Change and Human Health The major public health organizations of the world have said that climate change is a critical public health problem.

Related Health Topics

Research Links

  • Thayer KA, Heindel JJ, Bucher JR, Gallo MA. Role of Environmental Chemicals in Diabetes and Obesity: A National Toxicology Program Workshop Review. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2012;120(6):779-789. doi:10.1289/ehp.1104597. [Abstract] [PDF] 

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