28 Jan 2011

Farm living halves asthma and allergy rate

6:40 am on 28 January 2011

New research has found that farm-living reduces the chance of developing asthma or allergies.

Professor Jeroen Douwes from Massey University told an international symposium in Auckland on Thursday that growing up on a farm reduces the risk of being allergic or asthmatic by 50% - 60%.

He says it is the result of direct contact with livestock.

"The animals themselves may not necessarily protect you, it may be the microbial contact," he said.