Health Effects of Pesticide Exposure
Exposure to pesticides could be linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Pesticides, paraquat being the most notorious and one of the most prevalent pesticides in the U.S., also post higher risk of Parkinson’s disease and could alter specific genes involved in its development.
Even more alarming, some research also shows that pesticide use may be associated with certain types of cancer, including prostate, lung, and liver cancer. According to one study in over 30,000 female spouses of pesticide applicators, increased exposure to organophosphates was linked to a significantly higher risk of hormone-related cancers such as breast, thyroid, and ovarian cancer.
In children, accidental exposure to high pesticide levels is associated with autism, cancer and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Even low levels of pesticide exposure have a negative effect on the neurological and behavioral development in children