Why is it
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
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
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
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