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Pesticides and Endocrine Disruptors

Why is it
important ?

Kids are at health risk from contaminants that interfere with development in the womb and during early childhood.

Exposures can undermine disease resistance, erode intellectual capability, induce learning disabilities, and cause birth defects, some subtle, some conspicuous.

Many pesticides are developmental toxicants. Excessive and inappropriate use of these compounds creates avoidable risks.

What needs to
be done?

Federal health standards should acknowledge children's special sensitivity to contaminants.

Reduce global exposure to persistent bioaccumulative contaminants.

Use precautionary considerations to guide public health policies.

Consumer activism should encourage companies to make products safer.

Local communities should encourage school districts and other public facilities to minimize pesticide use.

Who is working on it?

Center for Health, Env & Justice

Safer Pest Control Project, NFP

Commonweal

Consumers Union

Env Health Fund

Env Media Services

Env Research Fndn

Env Working Group

Greater Boston PSR

Health Care W/O Harm

Healthy Schools Network

Iowa Env Council

Mass PIRG

Nat'l Env Trust

Nat'l Religious Partnership for the Env

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides

New York Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides

Natural Resources Defense Council

Physicians for Social Responsibility

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