Appeal to your representative Senators!
Toxic chemicals surround us. We envelope ourselves and our children in toxic perfumed laundry detergents; we smear our bodies and hair with untested creams, gels and shampoos. We further damage our health with pesticides used in lawn and garden care, and in agriculture. It is time for legislation to replace the never adequate and very outdated Toxics Substances Control Act. To view each entry, just click on the title or link(s) within each entry.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Time to learn from frogs... Many agricultural pesticides – including some previously untested and commonly found in food – disrupt male hormones, according to new tests conducted by British scientists. The scientists strongly recommended that all pesticides in use today be screened to check if they block testosterone and other androgens, the hormones critical to a healthy reproductive system for men and boys.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Why surround ourselves with lawn products which cannot be called "safe"? Population at greatest health risk from exposures to toxic pesticides on lawns: CHILDREN, PREGNANT women, the ELDERLY and people with WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS. In the State of NH, only one person oversees the training of close to 2,000 licensed lawn chemical applicators. Once licensed and administering their product, there is almost no oversight. We have seen "trained" contractors putting lawn chemicals down in very windy conditions. Furthermore, the particles are so small that they are easily transported into the tiniest of openings in our houses. Many people have symptoms from exposures and do not realize the cause and effect. 17 of 32 (53%) of TruGreen ChemLawn’s pesticide products include ingredients that are possible carcinogens, as defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). All 32 of TruGreen ChemLawn’s pesticide products include ingredients that pose threats to the environment including water supplies, aquatic organisms, and non-targeted insects. 9 of 32 (28%) of TruGreen ChemLawn’s pesticide products include ingredients that are known or suspected reproductive toxins (7/32 known, 22%). 11 of 32 (34%) of TruGreen ChemLawn’s pesticide products include ingredients that are known or suspected endocrine disruptors (4/32 known, 12.5%). 13 of 32 (41%) of TruGreen ChemLawn’s pesticide products include ingredients that are banned or restricted in other countries