Pesticides in the chesapeake bay July 2009

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by ICT Bill, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Read it and weep, literally. I am normally not an in your face kind of guy about these types of things but WOW.

    We are standing by and poisoning our own people

    Exposure to glyphosate can more than double one’s risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma (Eriksson et. al, International Journal of Cancer, 2008) . Some pesticides on the market today are known to be highly toxic, particularly for pregnant women, children, seniors, and those with compromised immune systems. A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that household and garden pesticide use can increase the risk of childhood leukemia as much as seven-fold (Lowengart et al. 1987). Studies show that children living in households where pesticides are used suffer elevated rates of leukemia, brain cancer and soft-tissue sarcoma (Leiss, J., et al. 1995; Gold, E. et al. 1979; Lowengart, P., et al. 1995; Reeves, J. 1982; Davis, J., et al. 1993; Buckley, J., et al.

    There is also growing evidence that pesticides are linked to autism. A recent study found that children born to mothers living within 500 meters of pesticide-treated fields are six times more likely to develop autism spectrum disorders (Roberts et. al; Environmental Health Perspectives, 2007).

    Another study found that low-dose exposures to the herbicides aldicarb and atrazine in well water, along with nitrate used as fertilizer, may cause adverse effects on behavior and on the immune and endocrine systems (Porter, et. al , 1999). Another study found that a common lawn herbicide mixture, 2,4-D, Mecoprop and Dicamba can induce abortions and resorption of fetuses in mice at levels well below those considered safe by EPA (Cavieres et. al.,2002). Moreover the greatest effects were at the lowest ppb doses.

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