Pesticides and Parkinson’s Disease. A well-established causal relationship.

Pesticides and Parkinson’s Disease. A well-established causal relationship.

Parkinson Québec will participate in the Commission de l’agriculture, des pêcheries, de l’énergie et des ressources naturelles (CAPERN) of the National Assembly of Québec on September 26, 2019 at 3:45 pm.

Through this report, Parkinson Québec is making the voices heard of all the people living with Parkinson’s disease, their families, their caregivers, and especially all Quebecers who are at risk of developing this disease because of their exposure to pesticides.

Pesticide exposure increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease by almost two-fold. The 2015-2018 Québec Pesticide Strategy mentions this association, and our report adds definitive elements on the causality that exists between exposure to pesticides and developing Parkinson’s disease.

In the general population, children are most at risk:

“Our children, whose nervous systems are the most vulnerable, are the most sensitive to the harmful effects of pesticides. Following re-exposure in adulthood, the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease is up to six times higher. This risk is in addition to the risk of developing other diseases, such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, myeloma and other neurodegenerative diseases. Is it safe to raise our children under these conditions? “ Romain Rigal, Service Development Coordinator.

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