- In late July of 2006 fourteen
moved to force the Bush administration to require
to disclose even "inert" ingredients that the state officials say pose
an undisclosed health hazard in pesticides. "Inert ingredients
make up as much as 99 percent of a pesticide, the state officials said.
Inert ingredients are known or suspected causes of cancer, nervous
system disorders, liver and kidney damage and birth defects as well as
environmental damage." "To allow consumers to be misled in this
way is unconscionable, said Massachusetts Attorney General Tom
Reilly." Pyrethrum is considered an axonic poison by the EPA.
- PBO is classified by the EPA as a Group
- According to the Center for Public Integrity,
the "safe" pesticides are now first
poisoning, as the parents of Amber McKeown tragically learned
when the two-and-a-half-year old died shortly after a bath in a
pyrethrin shampoo. "After performing an autopsy, the Delaware
County (Pennsylvania) medical examiner concluded that the child’s death
had been triggered by exposure to a type of pesticide called a
pyrethrin and its accompanying impurities . . . "
- See the "Safe Dose Myth"
pyrethrum/PBO mix sprayed aerially has both acute
risks for some people and long-term risks for all of us. The same
is true for the pyrethroid pesticides sprayed by backpack.
- "The dose makes the poison," so the argument goes,
and then the implication often is that the chemical in question
is being applied in such a small dose that there could be no possible
harmful effect. This comes from the so-called "dose-response
relationship," which has governed pesticide regulation for years.
The theory is that any substance is harmless if applied at levels below
a certain amount, a response then occurs as the amount is increased
past that point, the response increases as the dose is increased, and
the response eventually levels off after a point. However, this
is out-of-date, and pesticide regulation has not kept pace but is
slowly being revised. There are reports of situations in which no
minimal level of dose has been found that does not generate a response,
and there are situations with inverted dose-response relationships --
increased responses at decreased doses. See the ABCs of Toxicology
for further details.
- This article, Rachel's
gives details of some of
the history over roughly the last decade of the controversy of the
potential for man-made chemicals to disrupt the endocrine systems of
animals, including humans. The author suggests that “Now, almost
10 years later, the debate over hormone disruption seems to be
over." The Wall Street Journal conceded this summer that low
levels of industrial chemicals are linked to rising rates of childhood
cancer and brain disorders, among other maladies.
- Rachel's #825.
of the article listed above.
- We have seen many claims that WNv poses special
children, although we have seen no evidence of this. On the other
hand, "Recent research shows that pesticides are particularly hazardous
for children," as is reported in this article
from the "Journal of Pesticide Reform," Summer 1999, Vol. 19, No. 2.