I was born in the 70's, I was bought up in the countryside, some of my earliest memories are from the countryside, as a child of pre school age i remember being on the back of a bycycle as my mother rode it too work on a farm, i can still smell the farm from that age, the veg, the smell of wheat, diesel from the tractors and i'm afraid pesticides, tractors wernt as technical as they are now and health and safety is something that has only arrived on farms in the last decade.
When i left school i went straight into working on the same farm in 1985, my grandfather worked there, my mother,sister, and lots of local women and teenagers, one of my job's was spraying off potato dumps around the farm with a knapsack sprayer.
I was provided with no modern safety gear.
No chemical suite
The only instructions were, heres the chemical and there's plenty of it.
I wandered around the farm of several thousand acres spraying off these potato dumps every 2 weeks, the fluid and chemicals running down my back and no doubt into the pours of my skin as i sweated carrrying the sprayer on my back.
We didn't think nothing of it back then, because we didn't know the risks of such things.
Chemicals were everywhere on the farm, as sprays and powders.
When i started working there they employed 9 women and about 20+men, all the women were involved at some point with the chemicals, all but 2 of the 9 women have died from Cancer, my sister among them aged 31.
You only have too type in Parkinsons causes and one of the main results will come up as pesticides.
On october 1st i am likely too get my diagnosis, If it does turn out i have parkinsons, i doubt i'll have too look too far for the cause.