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Lawn & Garden Pesticides Poison Suburban Streams
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.
NCAP Has A New Look!
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.
It is Bug Season!
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.
Arsenic and Old Waste
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.
Agent Orange Linked to Prostate Cancer
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.