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Agricultural Pesticides Are Dangerous for You, Your Family, and Your Neighbors. Health effects and recent exposure incidents.

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A class of toxic chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are among the most dangerous compounds ever produced. They include industrial chemicals, byproducts of manufacturing processes and waste incineration, and pesticides that have been linked to devastating human health consequences. Despite their hazards, POPs continue to be produced, used and stored in many countries.


Each year, more than 200 million pounds of pesticides are used in California. They are applied in schools, in and around our homes, on roadsides, and on farmland. Picked up by winds and water, these chemicals spread to nearly every corner of the state and are commonly found in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.