Is There a Link Between Lawncare and Mental Health Problems?

Pyschology Today looks at the science and asks what are the mental and physical costs of a healthy lawn?

“Regarding mental health, a Scientific American report cited epidemiologic studies connecting pesticide use in farmers with significant increases of depression.[7] Those who used organochlorine pesticides or fumigants had an 80 to 90% risk of depression. The report also reviewed studies in France, which showed a 200% increase in depression treatment for farmers using herbicides. Animal studies suggest these compounds can affect levels of brain neurotransmitters (the molecules of emotion) as well as change the brains ability to repair itself. Other studies show activation of brain neurotransmitters which I believe may also contribute to anxiety levels as well. “


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