Archive for January, 2012

Drift and Florida Law Chapter 487 of the Florida Statutes: “It is unlawful for any person to apply a pesticide directly to, or in any manner cause any pesticide to drift onto, any person or area not intended to receive the pesticide.

Abridged from F. M. Fishel, Associate Professor; J. A. Ferrell, Associate Professor, Agronomy Department; Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The drift of spray from pesticide applications can expose people, plants and animals, and the environment to pesticide residues that can cause health and environmental effects and property damage. Agricultural practices are poorly understood by the public, which causes anxiety and sometimes overreaction to a situation. Even the application of fertilizers or biological pesticides, like Bt or pheromones, can be perceived as a danger to the general public. Drift can lead to litigation, financially damaging court costs, and appeals to restrict or ban the use of crop protection materials. Urbanization has led to much of Florida’s agricultural production being in areas of close proximity to the general public, including residential subdivisions, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and schools. Such sensitive sites heighten the need for drift mitigation measures to be taken by applicators of pesticides, particularly in areas where children and the elderly are present. (more…)

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List of Organic Pest Control Remedies

SUFFOCATING SPRAYS such as solutions of Vegetable Oil , and Soapy water suffocate insects
Many small insects, especially thrips and aphids, can be suffocated by being sprayed with a weak solution of INSECTICIDAL POTASSIUM SOAP (more…)

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Growing Up On Chemicals – Our Children’s Toxic Environment   By Jane Sheppard

Reprinted in part from Healthy Child by Jane SheppardHealthy Child’s Advisory Board is comprised of qualified doctors and other highly competent and knowledgeable health professionals and environmental scientists.

Healthy Child has also partnered with Holistic Pediatric Training (HPT) to provide pediatric health care practitioners with an integrated program that conveys the concepts and skills necessary to treat children from a holistic perspective. We provide in-person continuing education seminars in the SF Bay area as well as online distance training. Read more about Holistic Pediatric Training.

No matter where we live, our children are repeatedly exposed to these toxins. Most parents are not aware of the serious health risks our children face from pesticides and other industrial chemicals. The impact on short and long-term health is just beginning to be uncovered.Children come in contact with pesticides every day through the food they eat, the water they drink and the air they breathe. In addition, most children are exposed to pesticides in their homes and schools, as well as on playgrounds, lawns, athletic fields, and public parks.

Resources and references
National Research Defense Council (NRDC), Our Children At Risk, The 5 Worst Environmental Threats to Their Health, Chapter 5, p.4 Post, D. “Wildlife, Pesticides and People” Rachel Carson Council News, No. 91, p. 1.
National Research Defense Council (NRDC), Our Children At Risk, The 5 Worst Environmental Threats to Their Health, Chapter 5, pp. 2-8.
Physicians for Social Responsibility and The California Public Interest Research Group Charitable Trust, Generations at Risk: How Environmental Toxicants May Affect Reproductive Health in California, Executive Summary, p. vi.
Rapp, D., Is This Your Child’s World? How You Can Fix the Schools and Homes That Are Making Your Children Sick, 1996. p. 5.
NRDC, Pesticide Fact Sheets – Highest-Risk Pesticides: A Real Threat to Children’s Health, p. 2
Environmental Working Group, A Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.
Cohen, B, Wiles, R, Bondoc, E, Weed Killers by the Glass, A Citizens’ Tap Water Monitoring Project in 29 Cities, August 17, 1995.
National Research Defense Council (NRDC), Our Children At Risk, The 5 Worst Environmental Threats to Their Health, Chapter 7, p. 2.
Environmental Working Group, What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You
New York Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, Safe Control of Head Lice.
Small, G., Pesticide Watch Education Fund, Reducing Pesticide Use in Schools, An Organizing Manual.
Needleman, H. and Landrigan, P., Raising Children Toxic Free, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York: 1994. (more…)

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Chemicals, Kids and Cancer: Why kids are more vulnerable
There is little doubt that our kids have a greater susceptibility to toxic chemicals,. Everyday we expose our children to hundreds of different chemicals in an array of household products including pesticides and yet remain puzzled as to why they get sick and why the rates of childhood asthma, allergies and cancer are higher than ever. Practice the Precautionary Principle and help protect kids health. (more…)

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When did the people of the world voluntarily concede to be part of this uncontrolled nuclear experiment? When will we stand up and put an end to this experiment?  (more…)

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