Herbicide exposure linked to depression in agricultural workers
Herbicides may be associated with depression, according to a new study examining agricultural workers in France. While there has been a large amount of research focusing on health consequences of organophosphate exposures, few studies examine the effects of other pesticides. This research focusing on potential links between herbicide use and mental illness found that 14.6 percent of farmers between the ages of 37-78 reported treatment or hospitalization for depression, with farmers using herbicides being more likely to experience depression. These results should be further explored at low exposure and residue doses, as herbicide is widely used and could have an impact on consumers.