I have a question. We have just recently entertained the idea of moving our family from Michigan to Oklahoma. Our oldest son is allergic to peanuts. I have just discovered that they farm peanuts in Oklahoma! Is this going to be a problem? This scares me especially during harvest time.
First of all, thanks for asking this very thought provoking question. I will be the first to admit that I do not have any personal experience in this area. I have read quite a bit and read stories of people who have had "issues" (I am unsure of the severity of them) being around peanut farms.
We currently live in Michigan, however I am originally from the Oklahoma City area. Tyler has visited there twice and had no problems. Even though I am a native Oklahoman, I did not realize that there were peanut farms in Oklahoma. (I admit, however, I was completely naive to peanut allergy when I lived there growing up. I moved away 10 years ago.)
I would definitely consult your allergist on this. In fact, I might even get a second opinion, particularly if your child has ever had an air borne reaction. This is a sticky issue but I know places like Georgia are full of peanut farms. Although I don't know any personally, I imagine there are children with peanut allergies that live near peanut farms that don't have any problems.
I would love to hear from my readers on this issue. Do you live near peanut farms? Has your child had a reaction as a result? Do you know others who have peanut allergies that have had issues near peanut farms? Please leave a comment so we can discuss this important issue.