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Children and Pesticides Don't mix

Children are especially vulnerable to pesticides

 The Naonal Academy of Sciences reports that children are more suscepble to chemicals than adults and esmates that 50% of lifeme pescide exposure occurs during the first five years of life.1

cancer cells. Infants and children, the aged and the chroni- cally ill are at greatest risk from chemically-induced immune suppression.11

 A study published by the American Cancer Society finds an increased risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) in people exposed to common herbicides and fungicides, parcularly the weedkiller mecoprop (MCPP). People exposed to glypho- sate (Roundup®) are 2.7 mes more likely to develop NHL.12

 EPA concurs that children take in more pescides relave to body weight than adults and have developing organ systems that are more vulnerable and less able to detoxify toxic 13


 Infants crawling behavior and proximity to the floor account for a greater potenal than adults for dermal and inhalaon exposure to contaminants on carpets, floors, lawns, and soil.3

 Children with developmental delays and those younger than six years are at increased risk of ingesng pescides through nonfood items, such as soil.4

 Studies find that pescides such as the weedkiller 2,4-D pass from mother to child through umbilical cord blood and breast milk.5

 Consistent observaons have led invesgators to conclude that chronic low-dose exposure to certain pescides might pose a hazard to the health and development of children.6

 The World Health Organizaon (WHO) cites that over 30% of the global burden of disease in children can be aributed to environmental factors, including pescides.7

Children, cancer and pesticides

 The probability of an effect such as cancer, which requires a period of me to develop aer exposure, is enhanced if exposure occurs early in life.8

 A study published in the Journal of the Naonal Cancer Instute finds that household and garden pescide use can increase the risk of childhood leukemia as much as seven- fold.9

 Studies show that children living in households where pes- cides are used suffer elevated rates of leukemia, brain cancer and so ssue sarcoma.10

 Pescides can increase suscepbility to certain cancers by breaking down the immune system’s surveillance against

 75 out of all 99 human studies done on lymphoma and pes- cides find a link between the two.

 Four peer-reviewed studies demonstrate the ability of glyphosate-containing herbicides to cause genec damage to DNA (mutagenicity), even at very low concentraon levels.14

 A 2007 study published in Environmental Health Perspecves finds that children born to mothers living in households with pescide use during pregnancy had over twice as much risk of geng cancer, specifically acute leukemia (AL) or non- Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).15

 A 2007 Canadian report shows that a greater environmen- tal risk exists for boys, specifically when it comes to cancer, asthma, learning and behavioral disorders, birth defects and tescular dysgenesis syndrome.16

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