2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

The Impact of Livestock Production on Immigrant and Refugee Workers in Northern Missouri
Victoria L. Meeks
Dr. Marilyn Yaquinto and Dr. Roberta Donahue, Faculty Mentors

Livestock production is a fast-growing industry in the United States and can involve harsh working conditions, potential worker exploitation, and poor compensation. These issues lead to greater rates of poverty and negative health outcomes for workers and their families. This research project explores the lives and working conditions of immigrant and refugee meat processing workers in Northern Missouri. In partnership with the Rural Community Workers Alliance (RCWA), interviews of workers and representatives of the meat processing industry were conducted in Milan, Missouri to gain personal insight into their line of work. Through the disciplines of health science and psychology, numerous factors were identified which impact the workers, including chronic stress and the burden of long shifts at the plant. This research highlights the importance of proper rights and compensation of workers and the positive impact the RCWA has on improving the health of the community.

Keywords: meat processing, psychology, health, stress, immigrants, Missouri, negative health outcomes

Topic(s):Interdisciplinary Studies Major
Psychology
Health Science

Presentation Type: Special Request

Session: 309-2
Location: MG 2090
Time: 1:15

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