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The potential impact on farmer health of enhanced export horticultural trade between the U.K. and Uganda.

Cross P, Edwards RT, Nyeko P, Edwards-Jones G - Int J Environ Res Public Health (2009)

Bottom Line: Self-reported health scores of 1,200 farm workers in the U.K. and Uganda were measured with the internationally recognised SF-36 questionnaire and compared to an international population norm.The age-corrected health status of U.K. farm workers was significantly lower than the population norm, whereas Ugandans scored significantly higher (indicating good health) for physical health and lower for mental health.If Ugandan produce enters U.K. markets, then consumers may wish to consider both the potential benefits that enhanced trade could offer Ugandan farmers compared with its impacts on U.K. workers.

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Affiliation: School of the Environment and Natural Resources, Deiniol Road, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd LL572UW, UK. afs202@bangor.ac.uk

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The export of vegetables from African countries to European markets presents consumers with an ethical dilemma: should they support local, but relatively well-off farmers, or poorer farmers from distant countries? This paper considers the issue of farm worker health in the U.K. and Uganda, and considers the dilemma facing U.K. consumers if Uganda achieves their aim of exporting more vegetables to the U.K. Self-reported health scores of 1,200 farm workers in the U.K. and Uganda were measured with the internationally recognised SF-36 questionnaire and compared to an international population norm. The age-corrected health status of U.K. farm workers was significantly lower than the population norm, whereas Ugandans scored significantly higher (indicating good health) for physical health and lower for mental health. If Ugandan produce enters U.K. markets, then consumers may wish to consider both the potential benefits that enhanced trade could offer Ugandan farmers compared with its impacts on U.K. workers.

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Ugandan SF-36 scores by gender. Physical Functioning (PF), Role-Physical (RP), Bodily Pain (BP), General Health (GH), Vitality (VT), Social-Functioning (SF), Role-Emotional (RE), Mental Health (MH), Physical Component Summary (PCS), Mental Component Summary (MCS). * Ugandan farm worker scale scores were significantly higher than the population norm. † Ugandan farm worker scale scores were significantly lower than the U.S. norm.
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f1-ijerph-06-01539: Ugandan SF-36 scores by gender. Physical Functioning (PF), Role-Physical (RP), Bodily Pain (BP), General Health (GH), Vitality (VT), Social-Functioning (SF), Role-Emotional (RE), Mental Health (MH), Physical Component Summary (PCS), Mental Component Summary (MCS). * Ugandan farm worker scale scores were significantly higher than the population norm. † Ugandan farm worker scale scores were significantly lower than the U.S. norm.

Mentions: Ugandan males scored significantly higher than females for all SF-36 scales (Kruskall Wallis, df = 1, p ≤ 0.001) although the role-emotional scale (RE) significance value was less (df = 1, p = 0.002) (Figure 1). Males scored significantly higher than the U.S. population norms for physical functioning, bodily pain (BP), general health (GH), vitality (VT) and the physical component summary scale (PCS) and significantly lower for role-physical (RP), role-emotional (RE), mental health (MH) and the mental component summary scale (MCS) (Table 2). Ugandan female farm worker scale scores were significantly higher than the U.S. norms for physical functioning (PF) and significantly lower for all other SF-36 scales.


The potential impact on farmer health of enhanced export horticultural trade between the U.K. and Uganda.

Cross P, Edwards RT, Nyeko P, Edwards-Jones G - Int J Environ Res Public Health (2009)

Ugandan SF-36 scores by gender. Physical Functioning (PF), Role-Physical (RP), Bodily Pain (BP), General Health (GH), Vitality (VT), Social-Functioning (SF), Role-Emotional (RE), Mental Health (MH), Physical Component Summary (PCS), Mental Component Summary (MCS). * Ugandan farm worker scale scores were significantly higher than the population norm. † Ugandan farm worker scale scores were significantly lower than the U.S. norm.
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f1-ijerph-06-01539: Ugandan SF-36 scores by gender. Physical Functioning (PF), Role-Physical (RP), Bodily Pain (BP), General Health (GH), Vitality (VT), Social-Functioning (SF), Role-Emotional (RE), Mental Health (MH), Physical Component Summary (PCS), Mental Component Summary (MCS). * Ugandan farm worker scale scores were significantly higher than the population norm. † Ugandan farm worker scale scores were significantly lower than the U.S. norm.
Mentions: Ugandan males scored significantly higher than females for all SF-36 scales (Kruskall Wallis, df = 1, p ≤ 0.001) although the role-emotional scale (RE) significance value was less (df = 1, p = 0.002) (Figure 1). Males scored significantly higher than the U.S. population norms for physical functioning, bodily pain (BP), general health (GH), vitality (VT) and the physical component summary scale (PCS) and significantly lower for role-physical (RP), role-emotional (RE), mental health (MH) and the mental component summary scale (MCS) (Table 2). Ugandan female farm worker scale scores were significantly higher than the U.S. norms for physical functioning (PF) and significantly lower for all other SF-36 scales.

Bottom Line: Self-reported health scores of 1,200 farm workers in the U.K. and Uganda were measured with the internationally recognised SF-36 questionnaire and compared to an international population norm.The age-corrected health status of U.K. farm workers was significantly lower than the population norm, whereas Ugandans scored significantly higher (indicating good health) for physical health and lower for mental health.If Ugandan produce enters U.K. markets, then consumers may wish to consider both the potential benefits that enhanced trade could offer Ugandan farmers compared with its impacts on U.K. workers.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of the Environment and Natural Resources, Deiniol Road, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd LL572UW, UK. afs202@bangor.ac.uk

ABSTRACT
The export of vegetables from African countries to European markets presents consumers with an ethical dilemma: should they support local, but relatively well-off farmers, or poorer farmers from distant countries? This paper considers the issue of farm worker health in the U.K. and Uganda, and considers the dilemma facing U.K. consumers if Uganda achieves their aim of exporting more vegetables to the U.K. Self-reported health scores of 1,200 farm workers in the U.K. and Uganda were measured with the internationally recognised SF-36 questionnaire and compared to an international population norm. The age-corrected health status of U.K. farm workers was significantly lower than the population norm, whereas Ugandans scored significantly higher (indicating good health) for physical health and lower for mental health. If Ugandan produce enters U.K. markets, then consumers may wish to consider both the potential benefits that enhanced trade could offer Ugandan farmers compared with its impacts on U.K. workers.

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