The importance of the Precautionary Principle. The Precautionary Principle towards reducing children exposure to chemical pesticides is the only rational solution available to us as parents and grand parents. We have now many scientific studies which all link pesticide exposure to serious childhood disease
There now exists a vast accumulation of peer-reviewed incontrovertible scientific studies, that proves that there is no debate that pesticides can be harmful to human health, with children especially at risk. If the agencies who are supposed to protect the American people from environmental toxins are rendered, “dysfunctional,” with a “lack of will” to “remove hazards”, then who is supposed to remove those chemical hazards ? It is up to our local institutions, and to us as individuals, to accept the responsibility to adopt the Precautionary Principle towards the use of chemicals when children are present.
This week CNN released scientific studies linking Autism to childhood exposure to pesticides and other pollutants.
So to sum it up what we have in science now is:
•Autism spectrum disorders, linked to pesticide exposure –(Division of Environmental Health at the University of California, Davis)
• ADD – linked to pesticide exposure- Harvard-based study, (Departments of Environmental Health and Epidemiology, Harvard University, Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Harvard University,
• Childhood leukemia linked to pesticide exposure – University of Massachusetts Lowell – (Children with leukemia were 4 to 7 times as likely to have been exposed to pesticides used in the yard or garden, compared to children without the disease.”(Toxic Chemicals and Childhood Cancer- Lowell Center for Sustainable Production)
•Acute Illnesses Linked to pesticide exposure at schools – The Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA) called for practices to reduce pesticide drift, and adoption of pesticide spray buffer zones around schools are recommended study in The Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA)
• Endocrine Disruption in children linked to pesticide exposure The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified a list of 134 chemicals that will be screened for their potential to disrupt the endocrine system.
• Chemical Pesticides linked to childhood disease – American Academy of Pediatrics call for stricter laws to protect children from chemicals. Children developing organs often make them more sensitive to toxic chemical exposure. AAP’s Council on Environmental Health, / Children’s National Medical Center ”
– Pesticides linked to childhood disease – The USEPA, National Academy of Sciences, and American Public Health Association, find pesticides pose a danger to children.
– Pesticides linked to childhood disease- National Cancer Institute The 2010 President’s Cancer Panel report also comments on the impact of childhood exposures to these contaminants during windows of vulnerability such as the prenatal period, early life, and puberty
This explains why the Precautionary Principle towards reducing children exposure to chemical pesticides is the only rational solution available to us as parents and grandparents