WCAHS is proud to announce a new communications program that includes a new logo, website, updates, and electronic newsletter. Over the past 6 months, WCAHS met with UC Davis strategic communications experts to make it easier for our stakeholders to access WCAHS information and engage with center events and activities.
California is the number one milk producing state in the US, producing 19% of the nation’s milk. The California Department of Food and Agriculture reports that California has more than 1,300 dairy farming families, with over 1.75 million milk cows.
The PBS FRONTLINE 2013 documentary, “Rape in the Fields,” highlights undocumented women from California’s Salinas and Fresno areas as well as Washington’s Yakima Valley experience with sexual harassment and rape suffered at the hands of their supervisors. The women tell of their ordeals, sometimes at gunpoint, and fear of losing their jobs or being deported if they complain or leave. Often, the women do not speak English, are poor, in debt, and / or responsible for supporting their family.
It’s easy to see the dangers of construction work, or to imagine why logging would be the single most dangerous occupation. But farm work is far from most people’s minds when it comes to dangerous work. It turns out that that’s partly because so little is reported about the dangers, either to the media or to government agencies.
This post represents the first of regular blogs on agricultural health and safety from the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS). Being the first posting, it is worth answering the question, “why blog?” Or more specifically, what are the goals for this use of blog posts from the Center. I suggest there are three major goals for this new service from the Center.