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EPA Forced to Review Pesticide Testing on Humans

by Shelly Connor — last modified Jun 25, 2010 12:14 PM

It sounds like a horror movie, but unfortunately it is all true. Industry thinks it is okay to test pesticides and their toxicity on actual human subjects. Literally, humans were being used as lab rats for the industry to spray these poisons directly on their skin, walking into vapor chambers filled with the pesticides and more. However, the EPA is now taking action to eliminate this terrible practice.

It sounds like a horror movie, but unfortunately it is all true.  Industry thinks it is okay to test pesticides and their toxicity on actual human subjects.  Literally, humans were being used as lab rats for the industry to spray these poisons directly on their skin, walking into vapor chambers filled with the pesticides and more.  However, the EPA is now taking action to eliminate this terrible practice.

A new agreement has been reached between a coalition of organizations representing the environment, farmworkers and environmental justice and the EPA.  The EPA is rewriting the rules and will be accepting comments during a public hearing starting in 2011. 

For years the pesticide industry has intentionally exposed human subjects to pesticides to see how they would react in order to give the "research" to the EPA explaining how safe their pesticides were.  In 2006, under the Bush administration, the EPA explicitly said these studies were valid and would be accepted.  

However, things are changing for the better.  Soon the EPA will no longer accept these faulty and dangerous studies and the pesticide industry will no longer have any reasons to "test" their pesticides on people.  Stay tuned in 2011 for the public comment period so we ensure the EPA knows we all feel strongly about this issue.

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