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Scientists refute claims that pesticides cause ill health

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7537.324-e (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:324
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Scientists have hit back at claims that agricultural pesticides are dangerous enough to warrant a 5 m buffer zone to separate areas where they are to be used from residential areas.

    The danger of proximity to the chemicals is not as severe as was claimed by a government commissioned investigation that reported last year, said the Advisory Committee on Pesticides last week.

    The committee, an independent scientific group that advises the government on pesticide control, was making its official response to last year's report Crop Spraying and the Health …

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