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Welcome to NCAP's blog: The Buzz! Here you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about the latest efforts to reduce pesticides, tips for finding effective alternatives, and what you can do to help create a safe world and protect the health of people and the environment.

Childhood Lukemia Linked to Insecticide Use

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 07, 2010 12:00 AM

Leukemia is the most common cancer in children. In a recent study, French scientists found that children with acute leukemia were more likely to have been exposed to household pesticides. read more...

Oregon Study Finds Pesticides in River and Drinking Water

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 06, 2010 12:00 AM

A recent U.S. Geological Survey study reported that some pesticides discovered in Oregon's lower Clackamas River have made their way into municipal drinking water. read more...

Atrazine and Frogs

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 05, 2010 12:00 AM
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Atrazine, the number two agricultural herbicide in America, may be a major player in the decline of the northern leopard frog, according to research recently published in the journal Nature. read more...

Brain Cancer Linked to Pesticide Exposure

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 04, 2010 12:00 AM

In the Bordeaux area of France, where vineyards dominate the agricultural landscape, researchers found that workers who were highly exposed to pesticides had an increased risk of brain cancer. Gliomas – one kind of brain tumor – were particularly associated with those who applied pesticides. read more...

Lawn & Garden Pesticides Poison Suburban Streams

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 03, 2010 12:00 AM
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Yard and garden insecticides have shown up in suburban streams at levels that can wipe out tiny shrimp-like creatures that live on stream bottoms. The culprits are newly popular pesticide products that contain pyrethroids -- chemicals with "thrin" names like cypermethrin and bifenthrin. read more...

NCAP Has A New Look!

by Shelly Connor — last modified Jul 02, 2010 07:47 PM

As you probably figured out already, NCAP has a new website and a new look! We are excited to roll out the new website and our new blog! Now it will be even easier to stay up to date on the most current pesticide news and information. read more...

It is Bug Season!

by Shelly Connor — last modified Jul 02, 2010 07:07 PM

NRDC just recently published a report about how to keep those pesky summer bugs at bay and featured some of NCAP's useful facts on effective alternatives. A lot of bugs sprays and repellents are full of toxic ingredients that are linked to things such as blisters, rashes, mood changes and insomnia. read more...

Arsenic and Old Waste

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 02, 2010 12:00 AM
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Arsenic is a notorious toxin and it has been used in pesticides -- past and present. Arsenic is toxic to a variety of living things, so it has been used in different kinds of pesticides - insecticides, fungicides, & herbicides. Because it does not degrade, arsenic can continue to be a problem wherever it has been used. People are exposed to these arsenic residues mainly through skin contact with contaminated soil or treated wood surfaces. Children can 'eat' arsenic when they put their hands in their mouths after touching arsenic-laced wood or soil. The US Environmental Protection Agency classifies inorganic arsenic* as a cancer-causing agent in humans. It is linked to many kinds of cancers. Animal studies show that inorganic arsenic can cause birth defects. read more...

Agent Orange Linked to Prostate Cancer

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 01, 2010 12:00 AM

Agent Orange has been linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer in Vietnam veterans. In a study of more than 13,000 male veterans, those who were exposed to Agent Orange were twice as likely to have prostate cancer as those who were not exposed. read more...

Study Demonstrates Link Between Prenatal Pesticide Exposure and Children’s Health

by aseligmann — last modified Jun 30, 2010 07:36 PM

A study was conducted in a Northern Ecuadorian public school of 87 children aged 6-8. The children with mothers that had worked in floriculture green houses were exposed to pesticides while they were pregnant showed consistent delayed motor speeds and coordination according to test results. read more...