Archive for May, 2015

Treat the Earth well. 

It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

-Ancient Indian Proverb

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Fine particulate matter and the risk of autism spectrum disorder was studied and the association between prenatal and early childhood exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and risk for childhood ASD was determined as ” the data indicate that both prenatal and postnatal exposures to PM2.5 are associated with increased risk of ASD” Although the causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not well known recent investigations have suggested that air pollution, including PM2.5, may play a role in the onset of this condition.

Exposure to the pollution caused by such things as car exhaust and coal-fired power plants may be associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder, a University of Pittsburgh study has found.
The research, conducted by Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, examined exposure to a type of fine particulate air pollution known as PM 2.5, which includes dust, dirt, soot and smoke.


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In 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans”. Claims that glyphosate herbicides (which contain mixtures of chemicals) do not cause cancer are based on government regulators’ interpretations of industry’s own, commercially confidential, studies on glyphosate alone. In contrast, studies on Roundup and glyphosate published by independent scientists suggest that they cause cancer in laboratory animals. An in vitro study (not performed in living animals or humans) found that glyphosate disrupts hormones and made breast cancer cells proliferate at a level far below that permitted in drinking water in the EU. Controlled laboratory studies in rats are widely considered to be a good indicator of possible human cancer-causing effects of a chemical.

Studies in human populations have found an association between Roundup exposure and two types of blood cancer: An epidemiological study of pesticide applicators in the USA found that exposure to glyphosate herbicide was associated with higher incidence of multiple myeloma




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Cut Flowers—A Major Yet Little-Known Source of Toxic Pesticides Flower growers are actually among the heaviest users of agricultural chemicals, including pesticides that are suspected of being among the most toxic. This issue is not new.  The prevalence rates for abortion, prematurity, stillbirths, and malformations were estimated for pregnancies occurring among the female workers and the wives of the male workers before and after they started working in floriculture, and these rates were related to various degrees of exposure. A moderate increase in the prevalence of abortion, prematurity, and congenital malformations was detected for pregnancies occurring after the start of work in floriculture.” 


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