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Minimum Risk Pesticides
Federal law requires that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate pesticides that are defined to include products such as insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and rodenticides. Pesticides must undergo a registration process that helps identify health and environmental hazards.
Western Parks Polluted by Airborne Contaminants
Pristine parks in America's western states have become polluted by airborne contaminants from agriculture, industry, and urbanization.
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.