Why the Precautionary Principle is so important to the health of our families- especially our children and grandchildren
If you opted to NOT spray PESTICIDES at your home or school you made the wise decision
This wise decision is the Precautionary Principle.
And It is such a very fortunate decision because on the 20th of March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, assessed the carcinogenicity of pesticides, and classified the herbicide Glyphosate and the insecticides Malathion and Diazinon as probable carcinogenic to humans.
What was the scientific basis of the IARC evaluations ?
The pesticides were classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans based on convincing evidence that these agents cause cancer in laboratory animals.
Certain widely used pesticides in residential applications were found to be probable carcinogenic to humans.
The pesticide Diazonon has been applied in agriculture and for control of home and garden insects.
The herbicide Glysophate (used in Round Up TM) is used in forestry, urban, and home applications.
Glyphosate has been detected in the air during spraying, in water, and in food. The general population is exposed primarily through residence near sprayed areas, home use, and diet.
Also it is important to note that the agricultural use of glyphosate has increased sharply since the development of GMO crops that have been genetically modified to make the crops ( soy and corn), resistant to glyphosate.
Consistent with the advice of the Advisory Group and according to published procedures, the Working Group of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has issued this ALERT based on and consistent with “reports that have been published or accepted for publication in the openly available scientific literature” as well as “data from governmental reports that are publicly available”.
Based on this classification of probable carcinogens, it now remains the responsibility of individuals at home and school, as well as local governments and other organizations, to recommend regulations, legislation, and public health intervention.
To all parents and grandparents :
Please remember that you have CHOICES at home.
You do not have to allow your family to be exposed to pesticides
All parents are advised to ask for MSDS sheets ( Material Safety Data Sheets) on the pesticide BEFORE allowing the spraying of the pesticide. Review Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) Section 3 – Hazards – Section 11 – Toxicological and Section 12 – Eco-Toxicity
Practice the Precautionary Principal – ENSURE the pesticide IS PROVEN SAFE not relatively safe but 100% safe.
If there is any uncertainty that the pesticide is 100% safe DO NOT allow the spraying of the pesticide at home or school http://www.iarc.fr