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"Children in agricultural areas are being exposed to a dangerous cocktail of pesticides"

An article in the Guardian, 29th April 2014 reported that “Children in agricultural areas are being exposed to a dangerous cocktail of pesticides”. It referred to a report published by Générations Futures, a French health and environment group.

Dr Paul Illing, a recently retired registered toxicologist and regulatory affairs consultant explains this is not what the study showed:

“There were 29 children in the study, a very small sample, and no controls. The persons chosen fell naturally into three groups when it came to the types of agriculture for which exposure was claimed. The size of the sample, lack of controls and lack of suitable comparisons between the groups means that no sensible conclusions can be drawn from this research.”

Document type: For The Record

Published: 2 May 2014


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