We hear a lot about how pesticides can undermine children’s health. From derailing developing brains to bumping up the risk of childhood cancer, even low levels of exposure can wreak some serious havoc. It turns out dads should be concerned about how pesticides are affecting them too. Science shows that exposure to these chemicals can [...]
Scientists issued yet another wake up call last week, adding more chemicals to the list of those known to harm our children’s brains. These neurotoxicants — including the common pesticide chlorpyrifos — are linked to falling IQs, increased risk of ADHD and other developmental disorders. Now here’s the really extraordinary part of the story: the [...]
As you may remember, Smart on Pesticides Maryland has been trying very hard to advocate for pesticide reporting in Maryland and we’ve made some great progress. Recently, a state legislative workgroup determined that there are data gaps in pesticide use – particularly related to where, when and the amount of specific pesticides being used – [...]
What do Maryland’s kids, our declining honeybees and fish have in common – and especially during this Maryland 2014 legislative session? Pesticides! High rates of childhood cancer, autism, ADHD and asthma in Maryland and elsewhere have been linked to pesticide exposures. Pesticides are also implicated in intersex fish found in Maryland’s waterways; the “canaries in [...]
Scan the ingredient list of many “antibacterial” soaps and body washes, and you’ll find triclosan. This pesticide — yes, I said pesticide — is so widely used that it’s now found in most of our bodies. And after decades of thinking about it, FDA is finally saying “enough.” It turns out some significant risks are [...]
Earlier this week our partners in Asia released an in-depth, global study on children and pesticides. As a mom, I’m both deeply thankful for this report and profoundly frustrated that it needs to be written at all. Dr. Meriel Watts reviewed hundreds of scientific studies from around the world, and found that children across the [...]
In the spring of 2012, we profiled a courageous mother from Argentina who took on Monsanto to protect her children and her community from pesticide harms. Sofia Gatica received the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her inspiring organizing efforts. Now the story continues. The Associated Press recently published an in-depth story on the spiraling use [...]
Parents are descending on Washington D.C. next week to demand toxic chemical reform and to protect our kids and the public health– and I’m with them in spirit for the Stroller Brigade and Toxics Action Day. I’m a BIG fan of parent activism, grassroots, real folks, bringing their message to Congress. And boy, do we desperately [...]
Researchers increasingly draw links between pesticides and serious illnesses like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, and a host of others, as well as impacts on aquatic life, such as the Potomac River’s very own intersex fish. Lately the mystery surrounding worldwide beehive loss is leading researchers to question when, where and how pesticides are used and how they affect bees. Maybe the beekeepers’ demand for the most basic pesticide information could be a tipping point in the quest for a reporting database.
I didn’t realize how many women don’t have access to basic information on how to protect themselves (and their unborn child) from exposure to toxic chemicals. Check out WVE’s tips for harmful chemicals to avoid during pregnancy!