Farming migrants' health suffers

Many migrant farm workers in Canada are not given proper safety training, live in hot and cramped quarters, have no access to clean water and see their health suffer, the Globe and Mail reported based on two new reports. The authors of the papers, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, say many workers from countries like Jamaica, the Philippines or Mexico suffer from back pain, eye and skin disorders and mental health problems linked to gruelling work they do on Canadian farms, largely in Ontario and BC.

Published: Wednesday, 04/20/2011 12:00 am EDT

Many migrant farm workers in Canada are not given proper safety training, live in hot and cramped quarters, have no access to clean water and see their health suffer, the Globe and Mail reported based on two new reports. The authors of the papers, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, say many workers from countries like Jamaica, the Philippines or Mexico suffer from back pain, eye and skin disorders and mental health problems linked to gruelling work they do on Canadian farms, largely in Ontario and BC.

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