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99 Percent of Children Show Pesticide Exposure

99 Percent of Children Show Pesticide Exposure

The long-term health effects of organophosphorous (OP) pesticide exposure in children is unknown, yet a recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that 99 percent of preschool children in Seattle had a metabolite of OP exposure. The researchers found no significant difference in the children related to “season, community, sex, age, family income, or housing type.” The University of Washington study concluded that while much of this exposure was likely due to diet, garden pesticide use also was linked to the elevated metabolites, and recommended that OP pesticide use be avoided where children play. For the full abstract, click here.

What You Can Do

You can join the growing ranks of parents who Just Say No to pesticide use. Here are some hands-on tips from Care2 for safer alternatives:

The Care2 “In the Home” channel offers many tips such
as these for less toxic pest control.
Sugar Ant Hotel
Food Moth-Away
Tick Repellant
Safe Mosquito Control
Packing Those Sweaters Away Safely
Homemade Insecticidal Soap
Make Your Own Bat Box
Click here for HOME links..

The Care2 “Garden” channel offers many tips such
as these for less toxic pest control.
Beautiful Alternatives to Lawns
Nontoxic Weed Control
Organic Fertilizers
Weed Control
Lawn Fertilizers
Lawn Care Equipment
Natural Lawn Care Company
Poison Ivy Killer
Make Your Own Bat Box

Better Basic Bug Spray
Treated Seeds

Soil Testing
Organic Gardening 101
Safe Substitute for Pressure-Treated Wood
Homemade Insecticidal Soap

Snare those Slugs and Snails!
Mitigate Mildew

A Less Toxic Dormant Oil
Organic Gardening 101
Click here for GARDEN links..

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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4:09PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

If my information is correct, the EPA just approved 2-4-D 50 (w/ dioxin) for use as a new herbicide in helping grow GM/ GMO crops. This is reportedly the most deadly and dangerous poison ever developed and used by man ... and our children will probably suffer from its use. Research at Purdue Univ. has established that the glyphosate in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup may be causing sterility in females (animals & human). Only those people hoping that man will soon act to destroy all life on this planet can be "cheering."

12:40AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Thanks for posting!

5:40PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012


4:15AM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:11PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

1:35AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

12:41AM PDT on Jun 17, 2010

nice link! Thank you for putting the article on.

3:17AM PDT on Jun 16, 2010

Good info, thanks for sharing!

4:09PM PDT on May 30, 2010

Just say no and thanks. We don`t need a "Silent Spring".

11:56AM PDT on Apr 16, 2010


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Maybe try tomorrow. Why did they cut his sad.

thanks for all the feedback + the stars -- Id like to avoid processed food altogether but pretty ha…


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