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Pesticides: A Case Domain for Environmental Neuroethics


There is growing evidence about the influence of chemical exposures on specific molecular systems and mechanisms involved in cognitive and mental function. Evidence is also emerging about the negative impact of these chemical exposures on mental health, including depression, suicide, and other risks. Despite the growing appreciation of these factors, however, little attention has been paid to the ethical and social implications of their interactions. Drawing on recent work that argues for an environmental neuroethics approach that explicitly brings together ethics, environment, and conditions of the central nervous system, this article focuses on these critical issues for pesticides specifically.

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I am indebted to Dr. Judy Illes, University of British Columbia for many fruitful discussions about this topic and comments on this article. I also thank Libby Bogdan-Lovis for her support with proofreading.

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