07 May 1998
OPs ‘only caused 8 in 1000 pesticide deaths’
ORGANOPHOSPHATES accounted for only eight of the 1,012 proven deaths from the use of pesticides between 1945 and 1989, reports The Times.
Organophosphates when used in overdose can cause a variety of unpleasant effects including vomiting and diarrhoea as well as convulsions and even death.
Organic farmers frequently claim that the harmful effects of OPs may be cumulative and delayed, so some symptoms only appear months or years after exposure. Fears have also been expressed about their link to fertility problems.
- The Times 07/05/98 page 2