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USDA's Annual Summary of Pesticides in Food and Water
The food we eat and the water we drink is often contaminated with pesticides. With a system of agriculture that relies heavily on the use of pesticides – herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides – it's not surprising that residues of these chemicals turn up in our food and water.
What's on Our Food?
Pesticides commonly contaminate America's food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) publishes an annual pesticide data report that provides reliable information on pesticide residues in food, with emphasis on items eaten by infants and children. This data helps the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimate potential health risks from dietary exposure.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Linked to Herbicides in Two New Studies
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a group of different types of malignant lymphatic diseases that share some features but not others. In two recent health surveys, herbicide exposure was highlighted as a significant NHL risk factor. A Swedish study focused on risks of exposure to various types of pesticides while a German study concentrated on occupational risk factors for a mostly rural population.
Insecticide Residues in Child Care Centers
About 13 million children in the United States spend some part of the day in child care. Now researchers have confirmed that child care centers are a place where children are potentially exposed to pesticides.
2011 Grower's Own Conference