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Suicide and depression among farmers linked to pesticides

from Care2

A story in Environmental Health News explores the impact that prolonged exposure to large amounts of pesticides might be having on the mental health of farmers, leading to depression and suicide. According to the article by Brian Bienkowski, “Recent research has linked long-term use of pesticides to higher rates of depression and suicide. Evidence also suggests that pesticide poisoning — a heavy dose in a short amount of time — doubles the risk of depression.” more

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