Pesticides and plant protection products are used in agriculture and horticulture to combat fungal infections, pests, insects and weeds. The use of these pesticides is subject to strict European and national regulations.

Pesticides and your health

There are a number of health effects associated with exposure to pesticides.

Exposure to pesticides increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease

A link has been demonstrated between Parkinson’s and exposure to chemical pesticides. People who work in agriculture and horticulture in particular face a significantly higher risk as a result of direct contact with these pesticides or due to exposure via contaminated spring water.

Exposure to pesticides increases the risk of rheumatism

There are indications that exposure to pesticides can increase the risk of developing rheumatism.

iGene Passport

iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether avoiding exposure to pesticides may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks. Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.