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NOZ: Parkinson's Pesticides: Left calls for recognition of farmers as occupational disease

08/14/2019 – 01:00

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Government does not expect quick decision / researcher: contact with pesticides as trigger

Osnabrück. In France, Parkinson's disease is recognized as an occupational disease among farmers, winemakers and gardeners, and in Germany it will take several years for appropriate testing. The federal government has now reported on the left party's request, Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung reports. Left-wing agricultural expert Kirsten Tackmann takes too long. She said: "The Left requires not only the completion of the test within a year, but finally a long time ago, a late recognition as an occupational disease." It is cynical to continue refusing help to the sick, according to Tackmann.

In June, the competent medical advisory council of the German federal government first determined the "general suitability" of Parkinson's disease for occupational disease in agricultural occupations. Now, in a second step, it will scientifically investigate whether professional representatives have a significantly higher risk of disease than the general population due to pesticide handling, according to the Federal Ministry of Labor. This is supposed to be a "multi-year consultation period". France has already passed the corresponding recognition in 2012 with a decree. Processing time in Germany is "unacceptably long," Tackmann criticized.

Research in recent years has identified a link between Parkinson's disease and pesticides used or used in the agricultural sector. Beate Ritz, professor of epidemiology at the University of California, told NOZ: "There is a lot of evidence in research, which I think is undeniable." Parkinson's disease must be recognized as an occupational disease in the agricultural sector and therefore its conclusion. With due recognition, patients are entitled to statutory accident insurance. These could be, for example, rehabilitation costs or pension payments.

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