Publication date: Mar 13, 2019
UPDATE (4:05 pm PT) – One of the country’s most widely-used herbicides could be linked to an increase in early deaths from Parkinson’s disease for people who live near farmlands, according to new research in Washington.
New research conducted in some of Washington’s most productive agricultural regions suggests glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular herbicide Roundup, could be linked to more people dying from Parkinson’s disease before they turn 75.
One of the most heavily relied on herbicides in the nation could be linked to an increase in early deaths Parkinson’s Disease for people who live nearby, according to new research on farmlands in Washington.
The research team studied land-use maps from the U. S. Department of Agriculture that showed agricultural chemical applications and death data from the Washington Department of Health.
In some cases, the researchers found that people living within 1 kilometer of an area that had sprayed glyphosate were nearly one-third more likely to die from Parkinson’s disease before reaching the age of 75.
Caballero, a senior at Vassar College, conducted the research at Washington State University’s Community Health and Spatial Epidemiology Lab.
The study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
The researchers examined data of more than 4,600 people who had died from Parkinson’s in Washington.
Despite such concerns, researchers at WSU said they are standing by the study and its publication in the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Ofer Amram, a professor at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, said the researchers published the study in an open access journal because it gives more people the opportunity to see the information.