Poisoning Our Future

This book pieces together just some of the research showing how children are being born pre-polluted, affected by pesticides in the home, in their food, in the rural environment, even in schools — and not forgetting those hundreds of thousands of children born into poverty that are forced to work with pesticides in order for their families to survive. It examines evidence that children thus exposed face significant risks of birth defects, childhood cancer, Autism Spectrum Disorders, neuro developmental delays, asthma, middle ear infections, and other diseases. It also examines some of the mounting evidence that child exposures to pesticides may be a factor contributing to the explosion of adult diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, other metabolic diseases, and cardiovascular problems, as well as cancer, neurological diseases and immune disorders. Most types of pesticides are implicated—organochlorines (OCs), organophosphates(OPs), carbamates, and synthetic pyrethroids, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and others. Many are endocrine disruptors.Whilst the science is not yet complete, and may never be, there is now sufficient evidence to indict low level exposures to pesticides as a serious threat to health and well-being of children, condemning them to life-long health problems that can also affect their own children, and hence travel down through future generations. But it is not just individuals that are affected—society as a whole is being undermined by these exposures—by a reduction in IQ, and by an increase in behavioral problems and problems of socialisation, as well as by a burgeoning health burden and associated costs.


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