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Researchers from the University of Aberdeen have found an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease among those exposed to pesticides. Previous research has shown that pesticides, which can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin, may affect the way a cell's mitochondria function, the Telegraph reports. In Parkinson's …

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Farming - the most hazardous occupation?

Prolonged exposure to pesticides increasing the chances of Parkinsons, suspected links between organophosphates (sheep dip) and Polymyalgia... Former dreams of jacking it all in and leading 'the simple life' don't look nearly so appealing now...

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Anonymous Coward

The Good Life

There's no driving *need* to use organophosphates and pesticides... organic farming is a growing industry. Better watch out for those balers and the rest of the agri-machinery though.

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Re: Farming - the most hazardous occupation?

Don't forget constant efforts to ruin you by DEFRA and of course, when that fails they merely kill all your livestock for no reason whatsoever. Europe will make you throw away most of your milk and charge you for doing so while Tesco import the stuff from France and the legendary subsidies simply never arrive but the supermarket pricefixing will crush you anyway.

The fact that farmers have the highest suicide rate of any Western profession ceases to be a surprise at that point. Stay in your city - guns, knives and hard drugs are safer.

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1.35 times

Do you know what that means? Of the roughly .05% of the population with Parkinson's, you were 1.35 times as likely to have developed it from pesticides as from other sources.

Statistics can be very miss leading.

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Hey guys

lets get drunk and play with wheat thrashers

don't worry we'll be fine

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