Agriculture

Agriculture

Agriculture and health are linked in many ways. First, agriculture is essential for good health: it produces the world’s food, fibre and materials for shelter; in many countries it is also an important source of livelihood among the poor.

Agriculture can be linked with poor health, including malnutrition, malaria, food-borne illnesses, human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), livestock-related diseases, chronic diseases and occupational ill-health. Corinna Hawkes  & Marie Rue, Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2006;84:985-991

When we think about global warming many of us immediately think about cars and industry ruining the planet, but while transportation contributes over 13% of our annual CO2 emissions agriculture can contribute both directly and indirectly to climate change. (FAO, 2016) This graphic highlights this issue in more detail.

 

Integrated Forestry and Farming in Wales

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In 2006, the average American farmer grew enough food for 144 other people. In 1940, the average farmer grew food for 19 other people.
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