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Thursday, 1 April

tagesschau24, 9.45 pm

Parkinson's, the farmers and the gardeners

During his 40 years of professional life, Ulrich Elixmann had contact with many substances that are now considered dangerous. Today he regrets his careless handling of pesticides. Because he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Although many studies have been published showing a higher risk for farmers and gardeners, the disease is not yet considered an occupational disease in Germany. In France, things are different: for example, in the case of Sylvie Berger from Bordelais, where large quantities of pesticides are applied. Berger used to work in viticulture, and today she too suffers from Parkinson's disease. She receives an occupational disability pension - why not the gardener Ulrich Elixmann from Germany?