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Regulatory Agencies Do Not Conduct Tests To Determine The Safety Of Pesticides Prior To Registration.
In fact, Pesticides Are Registered Based On Data Provided By Pesticide Manufacturers.


Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Academy of Sciences have voiced concern about the dangers that pesticides pose to children. A California law now gives you the right to be notified before your child’s school uses a pesticide.

Protect your child’s health by calling your school today to request pesticide notification. For more info...CLICK HERE


2,4-D, a major component of Agent Orange, is still used in over 1,500 lawn-care products (including Killex and Weed ‘n Feed). Cancer in dogs has been linked to their owners’ use of 2,4-D.

 

Beyond Pesticides - Protecting Health and the Environment with Science, Policy and Action...READ MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new online database that collects information on more than 500,000 synthetic chemicals from over 200 public sources. The Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource (ACToR) database provides access to hundreds of data sources in one place, enabling easy access for environmental researchers, scientific ...Continue

After a nine month investigation, a Peruvian Congressional Subcommittee has found significant evidence of criminal responsibility by both the agrochemical company Bayer and the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture in the poisoning of 42 children in the remote Andean village of Tauccamarca in October 1999...Continue  

What happened to turn Christina and A.J. from normal to tragically retarded children? Their decline began after the family moved to a new apartment, which, their parents subsequently discovered, had been repeatedly sprayed with Dursban, a pesticide made by Dow Chemical Company, and another chemical of similar make-up. These chemicals are related (in diluted form) to the nerve gas Sarin, which Japanese terrorists piped into Tokyo subways in 1995, and the poison gas that Iraq’s Sadam Hussein used to murder 5,000 Kurds. Residues show up in the urine of nearly every American child.

In 1995, the EPA discovered that for ten years Dow had been hiding from federal regulators no fewer than 302 lawsuits and other claims for money damages alleging Dursban poisoning. The EPA's response was to fine Dow $876,000, a relatively insignificant amount to a company as large as Dow. Under threat of an EPA ban, Dow finally withdrew Dursban from home use in 2000, but it remains in use in agriculture and on golf courses...Continue

Nearly 600 Dog Deaths In U.S. Now Being Blamed On Bad Pet Jerky From China...Continue

(February 2, 2009) As part of the Township of Bernards, New Jersey’s new Pesticide Management System Resolution that designates pesticide-free zones and requires adoption of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program for all its municipal grounds, the mayor and town council are also asking its citizens to adopt such measures on their own property. The resolution preface states, “[S]cientific studies associate exposure to pesticides with asthma, cancer, development and learning disabilities, nerve an immune system damage, liver or kidney damage, reproductive impairment, birth defects and disruption of the endocrine system, and … infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems and chemical sensitivities are especially vulnerable to pesticide effects and exposure, and … lawn pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are harmful to pests, wildlife, soil microbiology, plants, and natural ecosystems and can run off into streams, lakes and drinking water sources …Continue

(Beyond Pesticides, October 15, 2009) New research from the Monell Center and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine reveals that phenoxy herbicides block T1R3, a nutrient-sensing taste receptor found in the pancreas and intestines of humans. These commonly used herbicides were not previously known to act on the T1R3 receptor, nor has any animal testing revealed any indication of this. The specific effects are unique to humans; thus, phenoxy herbicides may have adverse metabolic effects in humans that would have gone undetected in studies on rodents...Continue

Exposure to glyphosate or MCPA can more than double one’s risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), according to a new epidemiological study published in the October issue of the International Journal of Cancer. The case-control study finds a 2.02 odds ratio (OR) for exposure (two times the chance of contracting the illness) to glyphosate, a 2.81 OR for exposure to MCPA, and a 1.72 OR for exposure to herbicides...Continue

Menu Foods, which markets cat and dog food in the United States under 95 brand names, has recalled 60 million cans and pouches of wet pet food. The deaths of fifteen cats and one dog are being blamed on an analog of folic acid, aminopterin, which is used overseas as rat poison. In high doses, the rodenticide causes acute kidney failure, which has been named as the cause of death in an estimated sixteen pets (as reported by Menu Foods; the Food and Drug Administration lists 14 dead; in contrast, the Veterinary Information Network, a website with 30,000 members in the profession, reported 471 cases of kidney failure, including 104 deaths, since the recall). The drug’s history includes uses for cancer treatment and, at one point, inducing abortions. The compound is banned in the U.S. for pesticide use, but is still used to kill rodents in other countries. Among aminopterin’s side effects in humans are cancer and birth defects....Continue

(January 22, 2009) A new English study has found that chemicals found in rivers and waste waters could be linked to male infertility. These chemicals, known as anti-androgens, block the action of the male sex-hormone testosterone and could impact the development of male reproductive organs in humans...Continue

(January 13, 2009) Toxic chemical contamination was the likely cause of fatal fish mutations in northern Australia in which thousands of bass larvae spawned with two heads, an expert said Wednesday...Continue

(December 22, 2008) The U.S. EPA has filed an administrative complaint, seeking a maximum penalty of only $4,550, against a pest control company that sprayed pesticides in a couple’s home, causing the wife to die shortly thereafter. It has been more than three years since the incident took place in Florence, Oregon...Continue

(December 18, 2008) The New Zealand’s Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has announced it will ban the controversial organochlorine pesticide endosulfan, effective January 16, 2009. Endosulfan, already banned in numerous countries including all the European Union countries, is an insecticide used on a wide range of fruits and vegetables and also on athletic fields in New Zealand. Illegal residues have been found in beef destined for South Korea, resulting in enormous costs for New Zealand exporters. Use of endosulfan for agriculture continues in the U.S., despite causing severe health and environmental problems...Continue

Mother and Children, Hurt By Widely Used Lawn Care Pesticides, Issue Holiday Wish to Stop the Poisoning. This is a story of a trusting consumer, Brenda Jones, who explains that she hired a lawn care service, TRUGREEN ChemLawn, only to find that the pesticides being used were poisonous...Continue

  Lawn Pesticide Poisoning:
A Timeline of Ms Jones's Story
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According to a new study, published in the December 2008 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, pregnant women continue to be exposed to pesticides in the home. In fact, 75% of the sampled homes of pregnant women in inner-city New York are contaminated with piperonyl butoxide (PBO), a pesticide synergist linked to cancer and other health problems...Continue

A coalition of farmworker advocates and environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop the continued use of four deadly organophosphate pesticides. These pesticides were derived from nerve gas developed during World War II. Some of these pesticides have been detected in California’s rural schoolyards and homes, Sequoia National Park, and Monterey Bay. The four organophosphates at issue in the case filed April 4 are methidathion, oxydemeton-methyl, methamidophos, and ethoprop. They are used primarily in California on a wide variety of fruit, vegetable, and nut crops...Continue

(Beyond Pesticides, December 12, 2008) A new study has found pesticides in surface waters around the United States. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) analyzed water from nine selected rivers, which are used as a source for public water systems and found that low levels of certain xynthetic chemicals remain in public water supplies after being treated in selected community water facilities...Continue

Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Washington, New York, and Virginia are the nation’s top Christmas tree producing states, and together account for more than half of the trees grown in the U.S. The Cooperative Extension Service of North Carolina reports that glyphosate -a pesticide linked to increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other health issues...Continue

On November 10, 2008, the Austrian government released a report of long term research showing genetically engineered (GE) corn fed to mice significantly reduced their fertility over three to four breeding cycles within one generation. Similar effects were found in mice fed GE corn and bred over four generations...Continue

Professor Dominique Belpomme, a medical oncologist from the University of Paris, has new research showing that environmental exposures to pesticides and other contaminants are now more significant as a cause of cancer ...Continue

Residential properties in Saginaw, Michigan contain unacceptably high levels of dioxin contamination, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5. Soil from the Riverside Boulevard area, a neighborhood along the Lower Tittabawassee River and downstream from the Dow Chemical Company’s manufacturing...Continue

A STUDY published in the May issue of Environmental Health Perspectives shows a link between prenatal exposure to the pesticide DDT and poor attention related skills in early infancy. This study follows in a long line of recent studies associated with the negative health effects of DDT including: diabetes; non-Hodgkin lymphoma; breast cancer; and autism...Continue

A recent study has linked the common herbicide atrazine with endocrine disruption in both fish and human cells. Entitled “The Herbicide Atrazine Activates Endocrine Gene Networks via Non-Steroidal NR5A Nuclear Receptors in Fish and Mammalian Cells,” the University of Califonia, San Francisco (UCSF) research examines the reaction of zebrafish to environmentally relevant levels of atrazine, and mirrors the study in human placental cells...Continue

A population-based study looking at how genes and environmental factors interact shows that pet shampoos containing insecticides may trigger autism spectrum disorders (ASD), reports New Scientist. The study findings, presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, show that mothers of children with an ASD are twice as likely to have used an insecticidal pet shampoo during the prenatal and/or postnatal period when compared to...Continue

Many U.S. residents carry toxic pesticides in their bodies above government assessed “acceptable” levels. Chemical Trespass: makes public for the first time an analysis of pesticide-related data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...Continue

Fifteen high-school students in Bronx, NY were treated on April 20 after exposure to a cloud of herbicide that parks employees were spraying on grass nearby, according to New York Newsday. Fire department officials say the pesticide drifted through a window into a room the students were occupying. Most of the students were treated on the scene, however one...Continue

Controlling pests Without the use of Pesticides...Continue

Proposed changes in Farm Bill conservation program could hurt farmers, environmental cleanup...Continue

Belgium officials said on Tuesday they had found the same cancer-causing chemicals in pig feed that it had found in chicken feed made by a local compounder, raising fears of another dioxin-type scandal...Continue

The Observer suggested a possible link between the exposure of mothers during pregnancy to the pesticide Benlate (active ingredient benomyl) manufactured by DuPont and the development of microphthalmia and anophthalmia, conditions where children are born either with poorly developed eyes or without eyes...Continue

 



Registration of a chemical does NOT imply that the chemical is safe. Pesticides are not tested in combination, although their synergistic effects may be amplified up to 1000 times. While pesticides produce acute and long-term health effects, toxicity experiments, conducted on healthy animals, measure and account for only the acute effects. The pesticides that are deemed acceptable for use as a result of these tests do not take into account the potential chronic effects. “Acceptable” tolerance levels are set for an average adult male, and do not take into account the different situations of women and children. Nearly 100,000 accidental pesticide exposures are reported to poison control centers each year. Many of these exposures involve children, providing clear evidence that current efforts to protect children are inadequate.


Children are vulnerable because pound for pound of body weight, they consume significantly more pesticides than adults. They are especially vulnerable to the toxic effects because their metabolic systems do not process or excrete toxins the way adult's systems do. Children typically play in grass and dirt, and put toys and hands in their mouths, activities that significantly increase their exposure to pesticides. Children from homes where pesticides are used have been found to have four times the risk of soft tissue sarcomas (cancerous growths)  and between six and seven times the rate of childhood leukaemia when compared to other children.

The Quebec Poison Control Centre and the Quebec Ministry of Environment and Wildlife released statistics on pesticide poisoning in 1996. They reported a staggering 1,650 poisoning cases. 79.4% of the cases were in private homes, and 46.1% of the victims were children under age five. 31% of these cases were due to oral ingestion, and 34.9% resulted from pesticide applications.

Farmworker groups filed a lawsuit yesterday against the Environmental Protection Agency for approving the reregistration of two organophosphate pesticides, azinphos-methyl (AZM) and phosmet, that they say continue to poison workers, their children, communities and the environment...Continue

One of the oddest things we've seen in our neighborhood is a yard that had two signs: One said "Caution, Children Playing"; the other said "Caution, Pesticides Recently Applied." We failed to find a third sign saying "Caution, Schizophrenic on the Loose," ...Continue

Imidacloprid is a relatively new insecticide which is the first insecticide of its chemical family, nicotinoids, which are modelled after nicotine, to be registered for use. Common trade names include Merit™, Admire™, Premise™, Pre-Empt™ and Advantage™. Effects of exposure to imidacloprid include apathy, difficulty breathing, loss of the ability to move, staggering, trembling and spasms. Studies on rats indicate that the thyroid is particularly sensitive to exposure of imidacloprid causing thyroid lesions...Continue

Doctors and scientists who are knowledgeable on the chlordane problem state millions of adults and children are becoming sick by living in homes built before April, 1988 (the period when chlordane, originally developed by Monsanto, was allowed to be used).  Chlordane contaminates the air of over 30 million U.S. homes by diffusion through concrete flooring - ceiling drywall - or outgassing from previously treated indoor areas...Continue 

Malathion is mutagenic, carcinogenic, has been implicated in vision loss, kidney damage, and lung damage. It has been shown to cause DNA abnormalities, and has been linked to child leukemia, aplastic anemia and adult leukopenia. Acute (short term) effects of malathion include headaches, nausea, dizziness, salivation, tearing, urination, diarrhea, convulsions, muscle weakness, incoordination, abdominal cramps, blurred vision, pupil constriction, abnormal eye movement, slowed heart beat, depressed respiratory system, skeletal muscle damage, paralysis and coma...Continue

Central America is in a unique position to address the most troubling health impacts of the occupational use of pesticides. New data from the Pan-American Health Organization estimates almost 400,000 pesticide poisonings occur each year in the region, identifies a short-list of worst actor pesticides responsible for the majority of poisonings, and points to an effective public health based solution to the pesticide problem (see Pesticide Poisoning)...Continue

Endosulfan is an organochlorine, part of the same family of chemicals as DDT, which EPA banned in 1972. Like other organochlorine pesticides, endosulfan is persistent in the environment and poisons humans and wildlife both in agricultural areas and in regions far from where it was applied...Continue

Elevated Cancer In Dogs Exposed To Lawn Chemicals, American Veterinary Medical Association Warns...Continue

Paraquat, the most deadly weed killer...Continue

Stealth Poisons - New disclosures in a report from Pesticide Action Network UK reveal pesticides everywhere. For the first time, a year’s official reports of pesticides in our food, water, and the environment have been brought together...Continue

Study Finds Over One-Quarter of U.S. School Districts Adopt Plans to Restrict Children's Exposure to Pesticides...Continue

99% of GM crops across the world are designed either to tolerate or to produce pesticides. Seventy five percent tolerate pesticides, mostly Roundup. For example, 90% of transgenic soya is designed to tolerate Roundup...Continue

Hospitals have a special obligation to demonstrate leadership in instituting effective and safer pest management in keeping with the medical profession's basic tenet of "first, do no harm...Continue

The national environmental group Beyond Pesticides today asked major retailers to immediately pull off their store shelves tick and flea repellents identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as deadly. Last month, EPA struck a deal with Hartz Mountain Corporation to stop shipping and re-label two repellent products for which EPA has received thousands of reports detailing illness and death in kittens and cats...Continue

Ethyl carbamate is used as an intermediate in the synthesis of a number of chemicals. Acute (short-term) exposure of humans to high levels of ethyl carbamate may result in injury to the kidneys and liver and induce vomiting, coma, or hemorrhages...Continue

A recent case-controlled study (2003) by Greenlee et al published in Epidemiology showed that infertile women who live near U.S. farmlands were 27 times more likely to have mixed or applied herbicides and 3.3 times more likely to have used fungicides within two years of conceiving than women who were fertile...Continue

Contaminated without Consent: Why our exposure to chemicals in air, food and water violates human rights...Continue

A subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co. will pay a $2 million fine for making illegal safety claims in advertising of its pesticides, state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Monday...Continue

An ambitious approach in tackling pesticide hazards is needed...Continue

While deaths and illness from pesticides remain at an all-time high, the urgency of taking action has been delayed over different interpretations on patents and data protection...Continue

Study Published Today in Environmental Health Perspectives Finds Dramatically Lower Sperm Concentration, Motility in Men Living in Semi-Rural, Agricultural Areas...Continue

Prince Edward Island officials are investigating whether the province's potato industry is killing its fish...Continue

Every parent has gained a right to know of pesticide application to which their children may be exposed if they are enrolled in the Los Angeles Unified School District...Continue

"Confront is totally contradictory to all of our goals for recycling, resource conservation and sustainability," said...Continue

Traces of a herbicide toxic to garden vegetables has been found in compost in three states, a discovery that worried the lawn waste recycling industry...Continue

Conservation and pesticide-watchdog groups filed a lawsuit on January 15 to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from giving illegal special access to a group of chemical corporations. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and other sources reveal that the corporate insider group has met regularly with EPA officials in secret and has urged EPA to...Continue

Cattle graze on freshly spread sewage sludge "Its only a guideline" says the MOE...Continue

Acute symptoms of glyphosate exposure include, destruction of red blood cells, lung dysfunction, low blood pressure, kidney damage, erosion of gastrointestinal tract, dizziness, fever, and nausea...Continue
 

Workers applying chlorinated phenoxy herbicides frequently have nervous system disorders, are exposed to a higher risk of soft tissue sarcoma, and show symptoms of hormonal and internal organ irregularities. A study of farmers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba linked use of 2,4-D to an increased incidence of prostate cancer. In the urban setting, it has been proven that households using 2,4-D put their dogs at twice the risk of developing canine malignant lymphoma...Continue
 

Acute toxicity effects to diazinon are similar to those of other organophosphates including, headache, nausea, salivation, abnormal heart rate, flu-like symptoms, seizures, muscle twitching and cardiac arrest. Seizures are more common in children than adults experiencing acute exposure. Children are also susceptible to inflammation of the pancreas...Continue
 

Acute effects of carbaryl exposure in humans includes malaise, muscle weakness, dizziness, sweating, headache, salivation, nausea, diarrhea, incoordination, slurred speech and a depression of breathing combined with excess fluid in the lungs. With high exposure the most common cause of death is the pulmonary edema...Continue

Four university scientists, three from the U.S. and one from Scotland, experienced a backlash, either personally or professionally, after their research showed results that could harm the well-invested biotechnology industry...Continue
 

STOP PESTICIDE BLUNDERS – THINK BEFORE YOU SPRAY! Learn from the mistakes of others before you use pesticides for spring cleaning and gardening chores...Continue

Recent independent research indicates that glyphosate i.e. Roundup may not be as safe as previously thought...Continue

Pesticide residues were detected in 49 of the apple samples tested. In one sample, a residue of the carcinogenic pesticide, captan, was illegally high. According to the official analysis, it was...Continue

A new report on pesticide problems and regulatory concerns in Costa Rica, Tanzania and Vietnam recommends steps towards improved control and reduction of pesticide use...Continue

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman announced on October 31 that the arsenic standard in drinking water will be 10 parts per billion (ppb). "Throughout this process, I have made it clear that EPA intends to strengthen the standard for arsenic by...Continue

 

POISONED PROFITS

THE TOXIC ASSAULT ON OUR CHILDREN

In this shocking and sobering book, two fearless journalists directly and definitively link industrial toxins to the current rise in childhood disease and death. In the tradition of Silent Spring, Poisoned Profits is a landmark investigation, an eye-opening account of a country that prizes money over children’s health. ...READ MORE

Nearly 600 Dog Deaths In U.S. Now Being Blamed On Bad Pet Jerky From China
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Study Links Women’s Brain Cancer to Herbicide Use ...READ MORE

(Washington, DC - July 29, 2011) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced that Dow Chemical Company has agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) at its chemical manufacturing and research complex in Midland, Mich....READ MORE

The Farmer Assurance Provision, a rider slipped into spending bill HR 933, is being blasted as the 'Monsanto Protection Act.' Although it would remain in effect for only six months, activists fear the precedent it sets...READ MORE

The "Monsanto Protection Act" effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future...READ MORE


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