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07 Aug 2008

pesticides
my children and I are constantly affected my mostly herbicides used by council street and park spraying, but also private and commercial use. The more I try to avoid it , the more I realise just how much is being used and how impossible it is to avoid it. I' ve never found anything that will stop the effects, which are physical and psychological, and am tired of taking endless medicines which probably help but can' t antidote the poison. Why are people allowed to carry on using such dangerous products, even in schools and kidergartens?
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01 Jan 0001

People are allowed to carry on using these poisons because 1) it makes some people rich and 2) the effects take decades to show up - it's difficult to prove pesticides were a contributory cause. But the body of evidence is growning, becoming more damning every passing year: neurological disorders like Parkinson's, cancers, premature births, even diabetes (to name just a few) have all been linked to pesticides.

You can take some reassurance from the fact that it is people who actually work with pesticides or live very close to areas of high use (certain factory and agricultural areas) who are at high risk; we don't know exactly what the risks for the rest of us are yet, but they are bound to be much lower.

To lower exposure, wash and/or peel fruit and vegetables (but please don't think of not eating these), buy organic when possible, and avoid areas where active spraying is taking place. Cut down on the "chemical load" in your own home and garden as much as possible. Keep complaining and support initiatives like integrated pest management when you can.

I'm a bit concerned that you say you're taking medicines to counteract the effects. There are short-term symptoms from pesticide exposure, but these are easy to confuse with symptoms from other causes.
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