Monday, October 14, 2013

Does Fungicide Treatment on Grape Vines Lead to Thyroid Cancer in Humans?

One major concern regarding the use of fungicides in grape growing and other agricultural areas is the environmental and human health impacts of the use of synthetic fungicides.  Studies have found significant health impacts related to the use of conazole fungicides, including thyroid tumors and other cancers.  It is thought that these fungicides are related to higher incidences of cancerous tumors as a result of their endocrine disruption properties.  In fact, endocrine disrupting compounds have been demonstrated in many studies to cause significant health problems in both wildlife and humans, including but not limited to reproductive health issues, neurological problems, and cancer.

Are synthetic fungicides harmful for wildlife or human health based on their endocrine-disrupting properties?

If these fungicides are harmful, who is at risk?  The workers in the vineyard?  Or perhaps the people drinking the wine made from fungicide-treated grapes?

The Academic Wino highlights a recent study on this topic, and answers some of these questions and more.  Please follow this link to read more on this fascinating study.

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