Cancerous farming

Published: Friday 15 September 1995

Brazilian farmers frequently using pesticides in their farm operations, unknowingly make their children susceptible to kidney cancer. Recently, researchers established that 18 per cent of Wilms' turnours - which affect kidneys - among Brazilian children, are due to exposure of their parents to pesticides (American Journal ofEpidemiolop@ Vol 141).

Colin Sharpe and his colleagues assessed active ingredients in pesticides which cause childhood kidney cancers by conducting a study on a sample including 109 parents any 218 children.

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