The Mouth Revolution

No Chemical Pesticides

Spray not, for we will not open!

What are they?
Created to eliminate pests ranging from rodents to insects to fungus to birds, there are more than 20,000 pesticide products are available today. Pesticides can be either chemical substances or biological agents. The Pesticide Action Network notes that nearly 5 billions pounds of pesticides are used worldwide each year, 1 billion of that coming from the United States. Humans are exposed to these pesticides each day through air, drinking water, food and dust.

Why should consumers be concerned?
While it is difficult to prove a direct relationship between a specific pesticide exposure and individual diseases, many scientists have concluded that the release of pesticides into the environment poses risks to both human health and ecosystems.

Pesticide exposure has been linked to serious disorders and diseases, including:

• Birth defects
• Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
• Endocrine disorders
• Infertility
• Prostate cancer
• Brain damage
• Weakened immune systems

Young children are especially sensitive to pesticides. They are unable to metabolize chemicals as quickly as adults, so pesticides remain in their bodies for a longer amount of time, increasing their exposure.

According to a white paper by the Organic Center, a diet of organic foods, which are produced without pesticides, has been found to reduce the accumulation of pesticides in children’s bodies

What are the existing regulations?
The EPA regulates the use of pesticides based on toxicity, intended use, and likelihood of exposure. It conducts tests to determine if, when used according to label directions, the pesticide can be used with a reasonable certainty of no harm to human health and without posing unreasonable risks to the environment.

Additional information:
http://pesticideinfo.org/Search_Use.jsp
http://www.epa.gov/NHEERL/research/human_health.html
http://www.chem-tox.com/pesticides/#offspring