NZ to study effects of pesticides on health
The New Zealand Massey University's College of Health (Palmerston North) has been awarded two grants of some NZ$1.2 million (US$950,000) to investigate potential effects of pesticide exposure on human health. One will be the country's first study on the effects of pesticide exposure on the development of children's nervous systems. It will involve questioning three groups of 300 children from farm families, rural non-farming families and city dwellers. The College will conduct detailed exposure measurements and objective neuropsychological testing. A second study will assess the possible connection between pesticide exposure and increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in agricultural workers. Blood will be collected from farmers who apply pesticides and those who are not exposed, and toxicity tests will be conducted.