Heat Stress in Central Valley Agriculture
During summer 2020, undergraduate student Río Vargas will be part of a multidisciplinary research team that analyzes the impact of heat waves on agricultural labor in the Western Central Valley, California.
Fair and healthy jobs in the food system mean that all participants in food systems receive fair compensation and fair treatment, free from exploitation, have healthy and safe work environments, and conditions that uphold dignity and well-being. Furthermore, we define fair and healthy jobs as those that contribute to the overall health of the food system, by reducing environmental impacts, by increasing nutritional availability and quality, and build community-level wealth for all peoples. In addition, a “healthy job is one in which full, productive, and healthy lifestyles are also supported” (UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program, “Healthy Jobs Call to Action”).