Our Stolen Futurea book by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers


Fleming, LE, JA Bean, M Rudolph and K Hamilton. 1999. Mortality in a cohort of licenced pesticide applicators in Florida. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 56:14-21.

Fleming et al. examine health records for pesticide applicators licensed in the state of Florida during the 1975-1993. They compare them with the health of the general population, and then examine more closely two types of pesticide applicators: farmers and commercial applicators.

They find that in general, pesticide applicators are healthier than the general population, particularly with respect to deaths from exposure to alcohol and to tobacco. Farmers (but not commercial applicators) however, were significantly more likely to die from prostate cancer than males in the general population.






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