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Brain Cancer Linked to Pesticide Exposure
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.
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.