Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disease characterised by motor skill and speech impairments. The disease occurs as a result of a loss of nerve cells in the part of the brain that coordinates movement.
Based on a large number of research studies, this disease has a long history of links to environmental exposures. A single causative toxicant has not yet been identified, but long-term, low-dose exposure to pesticides is suspected to increase the risk for Parkinson’s disease. In addition to pesticides, other neurotoxic chemical risk factors include exposures to solvents (high dose or chronic exposure) and other pollutants from agriculture.