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Landmark 20-Year Study Finds Pesticides Linked to Depression In Farmers

Environment  (tags: Food, depression, Farmers, health, mental health, NIH, Science, studies )

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A landmark study indicates that seven pesticides, some widely used, may be causing clinical depression in farmers. Will the government step in and start regulating these chemical tools?


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Rose Becke (141)
Friday November 7, 2014, 4:38 pm
Sharing Judy TY

Mitchell D (82)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 8:12 am
Yes, once you think about it, it's not surprising!
Will the gov't step in? Not on, or in, your life, given how much money is involved for the agrochemical industry!!

Arielle S (313)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 8:38 am
I so admire the real farmers - they work so hard against overwhelming odds and still have to deal with weather, Big Ag and the fickle public. Enough reason to be depressed with the added pesticides.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 8:57 am
It wouldn't surprise me at all that the chemicals used in pesticides had an effect on people, especially farmers.

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 9:01 am
Noted. Doesn't surprise me!

Veerle D (153)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 10:20 am
Noted and not at all surprised about it.

Robert O (12)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 10:23 am
That's really horrible to read about though I can't say that I'm surprised. I also believe regulation of those chemicals is not going to happen anytime soon.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 12:21 pm

TOM T (247)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 12:40 pm
Now There;s a SURPRIZE !!

Claudia A (71)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 12:45 pm
But still nothing has happened to these evil companies...

Birgit W (160)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 1:11 pm
Depression? What about cancer?

Gloria H (88)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 2:14 pm
that the small farmer is being replaced by factory farms would be depressing enough. This year, my 3 pepper plants yielded one pepper each.--bummer! Sure made me realize how chancy it is to try to raise crops. I admire the small farmer who sticks it out and keeps on truck-farming!

Peter B (86)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 2:57 pm
The Horror tentacles of the criminal Monsanto & Co. range anywhere...

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 3:19 pm
Noted. I believe pesticides are doing extreme damage to every living thing in addition to doing great harm to our land, water and air. I also believe the chemical companies have too much influence with government officials for any action to be taken against them.

Judith C (159)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 3:25 pm
Noted, chemical poisons can be the cause of many conditions.

Theresa Robinson (79)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 3:39 pm
N S S. T R.

Sandra Vito (85)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 3:41 pm
cuando velaran por la salud del pueblo??

Kate Kenner (215)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 4:29 pm
I'd be pretty depressed if I had to be amongst all those pesticides. It's bad enough living in the city. The owners don't give a damn as they don't have to work around then and as long as they make money they are happy

Judy C (91)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 4:33 pm
Thanks everyone. This can be added to the litany of harm that comes from these chemicals. The life of farmers should be so different from the life most of them endure. We need to respect the land and value the importance of producing food as something more than just a commodity.

Victoria Oakey (124)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 5:19 pm
Noted, toxic chemicals on food is not progress, the agrochemical companies need reining in. Organic field farming is tried and tested and sustains a healthy biodiversity for food, the farmers growing it, the local environment and the consumer.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 6:46 pm
As Ol Farmer's Way back to the 50's I can remember the name Malathion it had such a bad smell and had to be added to water. It was used in the garden's too. I wonder how many people measured it correctly! Glad it is banned in Europe and should be everywhere. When I think of all the people working in the field's subjected to being around the pesticide's how awful. It's all over them they can't even breathe. Plus they are sweating and working so hard too. Get's on their hand's and they wipe their face's, head's and body's. Never thinking anything of it all. Just working away. Way too many sprays have been used.
Thank you Judy

Betty Kelly (4)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 8:08 pm
Monsanto, Koch brothers, Dow and their political friends have too much money to allow this to happen. Sickness, hunger, grief, climate change just feed their purses and plans to control food supplies.

Autumn Brook (23)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 10:41 pm
One of the seven insecticides listed in this study is malathion-used to control mosquitos variety of insects that attack fruits ,vegetables . etc...It is banned in Europe. Its prescribed in USA ,applied topically to kill lice. Also a search on malathion also lists depression with 16 other known side effects. Leaves one to question what was in a MSDS recommendation available for farmers or if and when they were adhered to.Avoid exposure stay inside,close windows and doors turn off air conditioners remain inside for 30 minutes,cover swimming pools,remove pet watering and food dishes that are outside.However,the FDA requires additional studies to fill knowledge gaps for reregistration process for certain pesticides.Its highly toxic to bees its listed on the MSDS for Malithion 5 EC Feb 1995.

Kyle Ness (0)
Sunday November 9, 2014, 12:18 am
90% of the time the farmer is the applicator, is only sprayed if absolutely needed since many usually hope to depend on natural predators, but not the case in every year. The #1 cause of depression among farmers is LOW PRICES!! Often times those low prices come as the farmer has Loans that have to be paid, wonders how things will go the next year if prices don't improve, among them which is HIGH Fertilizer Costs and High Fuel costs!! All related to High shipping costs because of Warren Buffet and the shippers that bring it here from oversea's.

Kyle Ness (0)
Sunday November 9, 2014, 12:19 am
Shippers that bring the Fertilizer from Oversea's. (bumped return just as I noticed i missed that part)

Inge B (202)
Sunday November 9, 2014, 12:21 am
Then I understand why farmers are so angry and grumpy around here.
I thought they had a bad conscience about all the animals they killed and all of the suffering they caused.


Katherine May Williams (0)
Sunday November 9, 2014, 4:23 am
:-( Noted.

Thomas M (8)
Sunday November 9, 2014, 6:39 am
The purpose of government agencies is to protect the PEOPLE, not corporate greed. It would appear science does not enter into the government's judgement with the exception of the amount of product produced per acre, etc., thanks to pesticides and other chemicals.

Cathy K (0)
Sunday November 9, 2014, 10:58 am

Angeles M (298)
Sunday November 9, 2014, 12:06 pm
Good to know! Thank you!

Winn A (179)
Sunday November 9, 2014, 6:29 pm

Frances Darcy (92)
Monday November 10, 2014, 7:50 am
Not surprised

Donna T (0)
Monday November 10, 2014, 4:13 pm
thanks for posting

Dina Mattas (4)
Monday November 10, 2014, 4:46 pm
Thanks For Sharing Judy, Gladly N

Charlene Rush (79)
Friday November 14, 2014, 2:38 pm
Gee ~ Can you imagine, that poisons lead to depression?

Melania Padilla (123)
Tuesday July 21, 2015, 3:00 pm
Not surprised :(
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