The evidence continues to build: POPs chemicals (e.g., organochlorine pesticides) and a common fumigant in strawberry agriculture (methyl bromide) cause type 2 diabetes and obesity and prostate cancer.
The Pesticide Action Network just published (8-31-2011) an article describing two more studies. The Finnish National Institute for Health reported that persons carrying the highest levels of POP-type pesticides in their blood were most likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes. This correlation was also corroborated by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in a study of 30,000 pesticide applicators (field workers) and their families. In a separate study of 900 people they also found that those with higher levels of POPs pesticides were more likely to have more body fat.
The Daily News Blog of Beyond Pesticides (8-30-2011) quoted a report in the American Journal of Epidemiology that studied people exposed to agricultural pesticides by drift (i.e., carried on the air) rather than by direct field exposure. They found that exposure to methyl bromide or various organochlorine pesticides increased the risk of prostate cancer by 60% over that of persons not exposed.
You may not be a farm worker, but do you live near – especially down wind of – large agricultural fields that are not organic. Do you use organochlorine pesticides on your garden? Are they used on the golf course you play? Your health will benefit from paying attention.