Researchers at Aberdeen University have published a paper which says Parkinson’s disease is associated with pesticide use.
The study, published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, found that people who had been exposed to low levels of pesticides were 13% more likely to have Parkinson’s disease compared with those who had never been exposed.
It suggested those who had been exposed to high levels of pesticides were 41% more likely to be affected.
However, researchers also pointed out that further research was needed to establish which pesticides were associated with this effect.
They also stressed that head injury is also associated with Parkinson’s disease as is the use of psychoactive medication such as anti-depressants.
Pesticide campaigner Georgina Downs said it was not the first time that a study had pointed to a link between pesticides and Parkinson’s.
“The only way to protect public health and prevent any illnesses that could be associated with pesticides, both now and for future generations, is to avoid exposure altogether through the widespread adoption of truly sustainable non-chemical and natural methods, as an alternative to chemical pest control,” she said.