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Environmental exposure and health effects from concentrated animal feeding operations.
Epidemiology 2007 May; 18(3):309-311
Modern concentrated animal feeding operations generate sizeable amounts of manure and related emissions into water and air. These present potential harm to human health. Adverse respiratory effects have been documented among workers in these feeding operations, but there has been little research on wider environmental effects. Few conclusions are possible at this time but recent studies (including a report in this issue of Epidemiology by Radon and colleagues) suggest possible adverse effects. Respiratory outcomes of greatest concern include nasal allergies, airflow obstruction and asthma. Another concern among residents near concentrated animal feeding operations is adverse effects from malodors. The potential impact of these operations on quality of life and health needs to be documented.
Animal-products-workers; Health-hazards; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Feeding-study; Environmental-control; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-hazards; Environmental-health; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-industry; Cattle-industry
Department of Animal Science and Agricultural Air Quality Center; Department of Public Health Sciences and Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, University of California, Davis
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
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University of California - Davis
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division