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Neuropsychiatric Disorders in Farmers Associated with Organophosphorus Pesticide Exposure

This study aims to determine the degree of acetylcholinesterase inhibition and neurological symptoms for each of the psychiatric disorders diagnosed in the farm workers of a rural population in the state of Baja California, Mexico. We conducted a cross-sectional study on 140 agricultural workers (exposed participants). The study was run using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview Diagnostic Test (MINI), a pre-established questionnaire to diagnose the mental state of each agricultural worker. Analysis of enzymatic activity was carried out using the modified Ellman method.

Occupational Pesticide Exposure and Symptoms of ADHD in Adolescent Pesticide Applicators in Egypt

We examined the association between exposure to chlorpyrifos and ADHD symptoms among adolescents in Egypt. Adolescent pesticide applicators and non-applicators, 12-21 years old, participated in a 10-month longitudinal study examining health effects from pesticide exposure. Repeated urine and blood samples were collected at various time points during the 10-months to assess biomarkers of chlorpyrifos exposure (urinary trichloro-2-pyridinol or TCPy) and effect (blood acetyl cholinesterase activity and butyryl cholinesterase activity).

Top UN scientists warn humans at risk from biodiversity crisis

A landmark report by the United Nations’ scientific panel on biodiversity warns that humans are at dire risk unless urgent action is taken to restore the plants, animals and other natural resources they depend on to survive. The report, which was issued in Paris on Monday by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), describes a world where living and future generations of people face the threat of worsening food and water shortages, because of habitat and species loss.

Researchers to study link between prenatal pesticide exposures and childhood ADHD

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6.1 million children have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as of 2016. Symptoms of ADHD include trouble concentrating, paying attention, staying organized and remembering details. Melissa Furlong, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow and epidemiologist in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, will study the link between prenatal and childhood pesticides and childhood ADHD.

Verhogen pesticiden het risico op autisme?

Wetenschappelijke bewijzen stapelen zich op: bepaalde pesticiden lijken het risico op autisme te verhogen. Het is zaak te achterhalen hoe dat precies in zijn werk gaat. In de Verenigde Staten wordt één kind op 59 geboren met autisme. De cijfers dateren van 2018 en zijn twintig procent hoger dan in 2016. In sommige staten, zoals New Jersey, waar de diagnostische methodes bijzonder efficiënt zijn, heeft zelfs één kind op 34 de ontwikkelingsstoornis. Meer dan de helft van hen heeft een IQ onder de 85, wat op het randje is van een intellectuele stoornis.

Interview met Henk Tennekes in Achterhoek Nieuws

De Zutphense toxicoloog Henk Tennekes (1950) toonde het verband aan tussen de massale bijensterfte en het gebruik van bestrijdingsmiddelen met neonicotinoïden als werkzame bestanddelen. In 2010 publiceerde hij zijn boek ‘A disaster in the making’ waarin hij het grote publiek waarschuwde voor een dreigende milieucatastrofe. Het werd de klokkenluider niet in dank afgenomen. Hij verloor al zijn geld, maar hij hield voet bij stuk en sinds eind vorig jaar is het gebruik van drie neonicotinoïden in Europa verboden. “Ik moest voor de waarheid kiezen.”

Bewoners van Westerveld onderzoeken landbouwgif in bodem en water en vinden 57 middelen

In het Drentse Westerveld worden op grote schaal lelies geteeld. Daarbij gebruiken de boeren veel bestrijdingsmiddelen. Honderdzestig bezorgde omwonenden van velden met lelieteelt in Westerveld lieten dertien monsters van de bodem en het oppervlaktewater onderzoeken en vonden giftige stoffen. In tien grond- en gewasmonsters zaten 57 verschillende bestrijdingsmiddelen. De burgers eisen dat de overheid maatregelen neemt.

Six days of eating all organic is enough to significantly reduce pesticide levels in the body

Researchers in California just demonstrated that a mere six days of eating all organic is enough to significantly reduce levels of harmful pesticides in your body. In the study, four families (with completely different backgrounds) consumed conventional products for six days and had their urine tested. Then, they ate a 100 percent organic diet for six days and had their urine tested again. The drop in pesticide levels present in their urine between tests was massive.

Pesticides as Poisons

There has been a recent investigation here on Bellingcat, of a poisoning incident in Bulgaria in April 2015, where an individual named Emilian Gebrev was posioned. An angle of this investigation has been to see if it is at all connected to the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal. One particular aspect of recent publicity has been to examine whether or not a “Novichok” series nerve agent was responsible for the 2015 poisoning incident.

Study Shows Pesticide Levels in Families Dropped by 60% After One-Week Organic Diet

A new peer-reviewed study shows that eating a completely organic diet—even for just one week—can dramatically reduce the presence of pesticide levels in people, a finding that was characterized as “groundbreaking” by critics of an industrial food system that relies heavily on synthetic toxins and chemicals to grow crops and raise livestock. Published in the Environmental Research, the study—titled Organic Diet Intervention Significantly Reduces Urinary Pesticide Levels in U.S.