chapter  9
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The Health Impacts of Farming on Producers in Rosario, Argentina

ByArgentina Patricia Silvia Propersi

The health of a population is influenced by complex socio-ecological processes characterized by: feedback loops across space and time; social organization and methods of production, distribution and consumption; and the successive changes that occur as social forces reach an equilibrium. Birley and Lock (1999) reported that development projects can sometimes indirectly have both positive and negative effects on the physical and social environment as well as on human health. Projects that do not take into consideration the potential negative impacts on health can transfer hidden costs to the health sector, placing a burden on health services.