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What exactly is a DALY?

A DALY which stands for Disability Adjusted Life Year is a measuring unit used by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the United Nations.  A DALY measures negative impact on health and looks at the loss of “productive years” of a person due to death or illness. Basically it is a lost year due to health problems. In a study that was published in 2016, Fantke & Julliet estimated the impact in DALY’s per kg for around 875 different pesticides. In the Netherlands one DALY has a societal cost of € 77,000.-. This amount was determined in 2005 in a paper by the consultancy CE Delft.

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