Pesticide Industry Rocked By Three Recent Alarming Studies

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This month's issue of the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports a new study showing pregnant women and children exposed to pesticides and insect sprays run double the risk of developing childhood leukemia. Researchers carried out detailed interviews with 280 mothers of children with acute leukemia and found disturbing connections between fungicides/insecticides and leukemia. Describing the results as "significant", the authors said that preventive action should be considered to reduce health risks to children. Read article here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/school/leukaemia012006.cfm


A new study in the January 2006 issue of the journal Epidemiology. has found that a that a pesticide byproduct found in the blood of 90% of U.S. men could be causing male sterility or other adverse effects in men. Researchers measured by-products of a pesticide, chlorpyrifos, and found that men with the lowest testosterone levels also had the most pesticide by-product in their systems.  http://www.organicconsumers.org/toxic/testosterone011706.cfm


Scientists at UC Berkeley conducted a study published in this week's issue of the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives wherein they found extremely low levels of pesticides kill frogs.  "Given these adverse effects and the continued increase and use of pesticides in agriculture over the past 50 years, it is likely that pesticides have played and will continue to play a role in amphibian declines," wrote the study's authors. And of course humans are ingesting these same toxic pesticides in non-organic food and in their drinking water. http://www.organicconsumers.org/toxic/062501.cfm