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Climate Change Is Already Killing Farm Workers Around The World
KCET - PBS ^ | May 11, 2017 | by Clarissa Wei

Posted on 05/12/2017 6:29:02 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Two years ago when I was living in Nicaragua, my friends and I were at a house party drinking Flor de Caña rum. Hearing that I was a journalist, an acquaintance leaned in and said that there was something I needed to hear.

She began to tell me a story about that very rum we were drinking, and how people were dying because of it.

Many of the workers who harvested sugarcane for the rum were suffering from chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu), she said, a kidney failure disease correlated with heavy workload, heat, dehydration, and possibly pesticides.

Recent studies have shown that there’s a direct correlation between climate change and CKDu. The disease affects farm workers across the globe, including here in California.

According to a report conducted by UC Davis researchers, agricultural workers in the USA are 20 times more likely to have a heat-related illness than workers in other industries.

What they found: Heat strain and piece-rate work are associated with kidney failure in California farm workers. Unlike hourly rate work, piece-rate rewards higher productivity, and gives workers a strong financial incentive to skip breaks.

The study authors recommended adjusting payment structures and decreasing heat exposure.

“Climate change will impact our entire economic system and CKDu is potentially a canary in the coal mine, a warning of what is to come,” he says. “The cost of mitigating our carbon use now, pale by comparison to the costs that we will incur being forced to address [the] water crisis… The health costs that go along with that are not worth the short term gain of torching dead dinosaurs to fuel our economy. We should take stock, we should take care of those who provide the fundamentals of our way of life.”

(Excerpt) Read more at kcet.org ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agriculture; climategate; globalwarming; hoax; socialism
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1 posted on 05/12/2017 6:29:02 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

However it is hard to find agricultural jobs in Antarctica or above the arctic circle, where it is much cooler than in Central America or southern California. The workers should also drink more water & their employers to make sure the water is available. It was very hot working out in the fields weeding onions, potatoes, mint and corn during the summers when I was a child. The team foreman always made sure we drank enough water and took salt pills.


2 posted on 05/12/2017 6:33:06 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What a stretch! Because workers won’t drink enough water, that means that they are killed by climate change.

You can lead someone to water, but you can’t make him drink.


3 posted on 05/12/2017 6:33:16 AM PDT by xzins (Retired US Army chaplain. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What the heck did people do before air conditioning when they worked outside in the summer ?


4 posted on 05/12/2017 6:34:28 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Je Suis Pepe)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

How many Farm Workers has Climate Change killed compared to Black in Africa?


5 posted on 05/12/2017 6:35:41 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: xzins

It’s tough all over.

For instance, they got CKDu, and I have DILLIGAF.


6 posted on 05/12/2017 6:35:43 AM PDT by T-Bone Texan
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
...a kidney failure disease correlated with heavy workload, heat, dehydration, and possibly pesticides.

I see climate change! /S

7 posted on 05/12/2017 6:36:11 AM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Quite a stretch to blame climate change for these farmworkers deaths, but what should we expect from the left.


8 posted on 05/12/2017 6:37:17 AM PDT by dowcaet
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"...What the heck did people do before air conditioning when they worked outside in the summer ?..."

Apparently they all keeled over from CKDu.

9 posted on 05/12/2017 6:37:42 AM PDT by T-Bone Texan
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Bullsh*t raised to the Nth power where N is a large number.

The idiocy of journalists knows know bounds.

Along with their complete lack of any abilities in math.

Which, of course, fulfills the basic requirement of modern journalism: no ability to do anything but write about that which they do not now.


10 posted on 05/12/2017 6:38:12 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Consider the source.


11 posted on 05/12/2017 6:39:04 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Way too much rum at that party. Drunk is as drunk does.


12 posted on 05/12/2017 6:40:15 AM PDT by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Way too much rum at that party. Drunk is as drunk does.


13 posted on 05/12/2017 6:40:19 AM PDT by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
According to a report conducted by UC Davis researchers, agricultural workers in the USA are 20 times more likely to have a heat-related illness than workers in other industries.

They have a firm grasp of the obvious! (shaking head)

This is in deference to agriculture workers working in air conditioned environs. What? You say there's no air conditioned agriculture environs?!!! Silly me!

14 posted on 05/12/2017 6:40:36 AM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Da Coyote

Oops, knows know....gasp.

I’m turning into a journalist.


15 posted on 05/12/2017 6:41:14 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Someone please design crop picking machinery to replace these wining oxygen wasters.


16 posted on 05/12/2017 6:41:20 AM PDT by VietVet876
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Good morning.

“Recent studies have shown that there’s a direct correlation between climate change and CKDu. “

Before I call Barbara Streisand, I would need to see the studies methodology.

Never mind. Barbara Streisand!

5.56mm


17 posted on 05/12/2017 6:41:52 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Climate change, said to be what killed the dinosaurs did not really kill them.

The inability to adapt killed them.

Humans do not like the ability to adapt, except by choice to not adapt to changing conditions.

That is why unlike all others species, humanoids have populated the entire earth in all climes, hot, cold, wet, dry and everything in between.


18 posted on 05/12/2017 6:42:34 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Da Coyote
The idiocy of journalists knows know bounds.

In college, the dumbest kids majored in journalism and teaching.

19 posted on 05/12/2017 6:45:58 AM PDT by bankwalker (groupthink is dangerous ...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Why are we still paying these bullsh*t artists?


20 posted on 05/12/2017 6:47:19 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (WKU 2016 Boca Raton Bowl Champions)
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