Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides are in many cases blamed for their negative influences on the environment. It is also confirmed that they have harmful and even deadly effects on most people, especially farmers.
A study from North Carolina University tested lots of these products; and their effects on farmer respiratory health for the very first time.
This same study was published in Environmental Health Perspectives; and took a profounder look into the potential impact on respiratory health from 78 pesticides. 45 of them were herbicides, 25 were insecticides, 1 was fumigant, 6 were fungicides and 1 was rodenticide.
For the advantage of the study, a survey was passed out to 22,130 farmers; asking them what the pesticides that they use are and also if and what respiratory symptoms they’ve had in the past year. At the end they compared the wheezing of farmers that used particular products with those who didn’t and the researchers may possibly figure out which products may be linked to those issues.
They found that 29 of the pesticides had some connection to wheezing in farmers. Also this means that farmers who use these products are far more likely to show wheezing respiratory symptoms than those who didn’t use them. In the list of 29 harmful pesticides, Altrazine, Syngenta’s Pruncep Caliber 90, Roundup and Warfarin were also found.
Furthermore, this is only one of the first studies on the connection between use of pesticides and farmer respiratory issues. Likely, as more studies come out; the evidence that more farmers who use certain products have a higher degree of respiratory issues than those who didn’t use these products. Revising the effects of pesticides on human health is tremendously important.
We can only hope that this study can influence on farmers that besides the fact that the use of pesticides may seem like a cheap option; the cost that has on health is just not worth it.