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Pesticide consumption 'linked to development of Alzheimer's'

Pesticide consumption 'linked to development of Alzheimer's'
19th May 2010

The consumption of foods which have been heavily treated with pesticide can lead to the development of Alzheimer's disease, it has been claimed.

According to the Soil Association, the use of organophosphate treatments has been found to increase the likelihood of developing dementia later in life, as well as a number of other health issues.

Many farmers are campaigning to have recognised the range of neurological conditions they have suffered as a result of concentrated exposure to these chemicals, according to the head of policy at the Soil Association Emma Hockridge.

Now a study from Harvard University claims that oganophosphates lead to a heightened risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.

Ms Hockridge commented: "This study adds to the increasing body of knowledge which highlights the dangers of pesticides. The best way to avoid these risks is to choose organic food."

According to the Soil Association's research, the average Cox's apple is chemically-sprayed 18 times.

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