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Endometriosis Risk Linked to Two Pesticides

A Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center-led study has found that two organochlorine pesticides are associated with an increased risk of endometriosis, a condition that affects up to 10 percent of reproductive-age women.

Response to the Public Consultation Paper on Cosmetic Use of Pesticides

Written by Pesticide-Free CRD: "The non-essential or cosmetic use of pesticides is unnecessary, so given there are strong indications in the scientific literature that many pesticides have negative impacts on both human health and the environment, the BC government should apply the Precautionary Principle and ban the sale and use of those pesticides. The precautionary approach should be the overarching guide for all pesticide-use decisions; there is overwhelming evidence to support this approach."

Glowing Evidence

An incredible photographic portfolio of the invasiveness of pesticides into our personal environment.

A Citizen's Guide to Pesticide Use and the Law in B.C.

Prepared by West Coast Environmental Law.
Review of federal, provincial and local government law and regulation with respect to pesticides, as well as opportunities for public participation and input with respect to pesticide use at each level. Some of the Guide’s highlights include:
- Overview of pesticides and their use
- Links to other organizations with detailed information about various aspects of pesticides
- A summary table of legal authorizations
- A checklist of Pesticide Management Plan (PMP) content
- An example of a model bylaw for communities

Pesticides in Produce

Findings based on 43,000 tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Food and Drug Administration between 2000 and 2004. A guide listing pesticide residue on 43 common fruits and vegetables.

Pesticide Action Network (PANNA) - Huge Site

Here's an excerpt from their publication Chemical Trespass (May 21, 2004): "None of us choose to have hazardous pesticides in our bodies," said Kristin Schafer, PAN program coordinator and lead author of the report. "Yet CDC found pesticides in 100% of the people who had both blood and urine tested. The average person in this group carried a toxic cocktail of 13 of the 23 pesticides we analyzed... Many of the pesticides found in the test subjects have been linked to serious short- and long-term health effects including infertility, birth defects, and childhood and adult cancers... "While the government develops safety levels for each chemical separately, this study shows that in the real world we are exposed to multiple chemicals simultaneously," explained Margaret Reeves, Ph.D., senior scientist at PAN. "The synergistic effects of multiple exposures are unknown, but a growing body of research suggests that even at very low levels the combination of these chemicals can be harmful to our health."

Hundreds of Toxic Chemicals & Pesticides Detected in the Blood of Newborn Infants in the USA - Jul 2005

A chemical study of umbilical chord samples from the American Red Cross has found that babies have an average of 200 known toxic chemicals in their blood, including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and a chemical used in the production of Teflon, even before being born. The tests found that hundreds of chemicals, pollutants and pesticides are stored in body fat over a lifetime and then pumped from mother to fetus through umbilical cord blood. Overall, chemical absorption can be reduced by eating organic foods, and by reducing exposure to toxins at home and at work.

Pesticide leaves robins unable to carry a tune

Nearly half a century after DDT was first dumped across acres of North American farmland and three decades after it was banned in the United States and Canada, the toxic pesticide still has damaging effects on local species, according to a new study.

Bad Blood? WWF Reveals EU Lawmakers' Chemical Contamination

Ministers from 13 European Union countries are contaminated with dozens of industrial chemicals according to results of blood tests released today by World Wildlife Fund. Fourteen Environment and Health Ministers were tested in June 2004 for a variety of chemicals that can negatively impact wildlife and human health.

Cornell University - Pesticide Active Ingredient Information

Pesticides are organized by type of pesticide and active ingredient. Some articles may be in PDF format.


Glyphosate (Roundup) and Glufosinate (same type of compound)

New Research Fuels Roundup Weedkiller Toxicity Concerns

Glyphosate Hazards to Crops, Soils, Animals, and Consumers - Jan 2012

Don Huber painted a devastating picture of glyphosate and GM crops at UK Parliament.

Death by Multiple Poisoning, Glyphosate and Roundup - Feb 2009

Scientists pinpoint how very low concentrations of the herbicide and other chemicals in Roundup formulations kill human cells, strengthening the case for phasing them out, and banning all further releases of Roundup-tolerant GM crops.

Roundup Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells

Used in gardens, farms, and parks around the world, the weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that can suffocate human cells in a laboratory, researchers say

Literature review of impacts of glyphosate herbicide on amphibians: What risks can the silvicultural use of this herbicide pose for amphibians in B.C.? (pdf) - Jun 2008

Glyphosate herbicides are the most widely used non-selective broad-spectrum herbicides in the world. In Canada they are extensively used in forestry for site preparation and for conifer release. Recent studies have shown that amphibians are one of the most sensitive vertebrate groups to the toxicological effects of this herbicide (formulated product including surfactant). This report summarizes current literature on the non-target impacts of glyphosate herbicides on amphibians, combines reviews of published studies with a review of the application guidelines and the use patterns of this herbicide in silviculture in BC,and identifies knowledge gaps in the assessment of herbicide impacts on native amphibians in this province.

Glyphosate Toxic & Roundup Worse - Jul 2005

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins call for urgent regulatory review of the most widely used herbicide in the light of new scientific evidence.

Bayer's GE Crop Herbicide, Glufosinate, Cause Brain Damage - Dec 2004

Yoichiro Kuroda, the principal investigator in a project titled the Effects of Endocrine Disrupters on the Developing Brain, under the government's CREST (Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology) program, believes polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and glufosinate can hamper the development and activity of the brain.

The Glyphosate Threat

Soil residues of glyphosate from spraying all plants in a field could severely harm soil fertility first and in a later stage make most plant life impossible. Such a disaster would be caused by the destruction of mycorrhizal networks.

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