Farmers who believe exposure to sheep dip has damaged their health have been meeting the Farming Minister George Eustice, to push for recognition of their problems. Until 1992, the use of sheep dip containing organophosphates was compulsory. It meant hundreds of sheep farmers were repeatedly exposed to the chemical, and many now believe that caused neurological damage and long-term health problems. Charlotte Smith hears from Paul Wright, who used to farm on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border. He’s now retired, for health reasons.
Sheep-dip poisoning starts at ~ 9.35 mins
To read of University College London’s 2014 criticisms of COT’s stance on OP exposure click here
When will it be understood that organophosphate chemicals are not only used in sheep-dip and that high levels of exposure are being described as ‘low level’, which are somehow ‘not dangerous’…