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Pesticides: Our Children in Jeopardy

 

by Andrew W. Campbell, MD

Introduction

The recently released Pesticide Action Network North America report “A Generation in Jeopardy” is replete with information and over 200 citations.1 This is a synopsis of some of the points made in this report.

We use approximately 1.1 billion pounds of pesticides annually in the United States. If we were to include pesticides used in paints, plastics, and as wood preservatives, this number would rise to 5 billion pounds annually.2-4 Numerous studies have shown how they can adversely affect children. These studies show that pesticide exposure in children contributes to the ever-increasing rate of autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), and declining intelligence quotients (IQ); the alarming increase in childhood cancers, particularly leukemia and brain cancers; and early puberty and birth defects. Pesticide exposure contributes to rising rates of obesity, diabetes, and asthma in children.

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