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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.
Study Demonstrates Link Between Prenatal Pesticide Exposure and Children’s Health
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.
Is Your Strawberry Shortcake Toxic?
Sign the Petition to Keep Methyl Iodide off Your Strawberries! Strawberries usually mean sweetness and summer, but unless we speak up, strawberry production in California could become better known for causing cancer, birth defects and miscarriages. California is considering allowing the use of a highly toxic chemical on strawberry fields. This affects all of us, since 90% of U.S. strawberries are grown in California . Can you take action to stop the use of methyl iodide for strawberries?