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Human Health Harms

Human Health Harms

Every infant born today carries a chemical body burden passed from mother to child during pregnancy. This burden will grow throughout a lifetime due to exposure to pesticides and other chemicals in our food, air, water and everyday products.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measure pesticides and other chemicals in the bodies of Americans every few years. In the most recent study, they tested for 212 chemicals, including 44 pesticides — and found most of them.

Scientists tell us that even in tiny doses, many pesticides can derail the delicate systems that control our development, health and reproduction, and the evidence continues to mount. We know more than enough to act.

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We're experiencing a cancer epidemic, and evidence is growing ever stronger that pesticide exposure is a key contributor to this disturbing trend.


From learning disabilities to autism, diabetes and cancer, a startling number of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise.


Scientists report disturbing reproductive health trends around the world, and research shows that pesticides are at least partly to blame.

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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman's picture

This Saturday, Pesticide Action Network will be in the streets of San Francisco, marching for science.

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Kristin Schafer's picture

Chlorpyrifos might not quite be a household word yet, but it's getting there.

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Medha Chandra's picture

Are pesticides needed to feed the world?

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