Consequences of Herbicide Use in Rural Environments and Their Effect on Agricultural Workers

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The herbicides are used frequently to fight the proliferation of weeds. The use of herbicides correlates with an improvement in agricultural yield, but the harm to
the health of human populations is well established and has been demonstrated in numerous scientific studies. In many developing countries, farmers build their
own homes, and this, along with the application of herbicides in their fields, increases their exposure, through both contact with skin and respiration. It is
scientifically proven that herbicides cause infertility, kidney problems, endocrine disruption, apoptosis, cytotoxicity, and neurotoxic enects. Such diseases impact
the quality of those affected, and naturally the contaminated environment negatively affects human health. This chapter focuses on revising the most relevant studies regarding the health enects on agricultural workers living in rural environments due to herbicide contamination and how to sustain the herbicide use
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability Concept In Developing Countries
EditorsDr. Surendra N. Kulshreshtha
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherIn tech Open
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83880-473-2
StatePublished - 14 Mar 2020

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