Health Risks - Humans

Increasingly, scientific research is showing that synthetic chemicals can be harmful to child and adult health. Each pesticide on the market is registered with the EPA, but this only means that the active ingredients are listed and instructions for its use are given, including warnings of acute health effects. Warnings about potential long-term or chronic health effects from active ingredients are not required.

Respected scientific research organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatricians and the National Cancer Institute have concluded that exposure to synthetic herbicides such as glyphosate and 2,4-D can be linked to cancer, neurological diseases such as autism and Parkinson’s, and the effects of endocrine (hormonal) disruption such as reproductive disorders and obesity.


Carey Gillam, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, Island Press, 2017, pp. 237-238.*
Philip J. Landrigan and Mary M. Landrigan, Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know, Oxford University Press, 2018*
Diane Lewis, M.D., The Great Healthy Yard Project, Our Yards, Our Children, Our Responsibility, 2014*
Walter J. Crinnion, Joseph E. Pizzorno, Clinical Environmental Medicine, Identification and Natural Treatment of Disease Caused by Common Pollutants, 2019.*

Beyond Pesticides, Hazards of Pesticides for Children's Health
Autism risk (Time, March 20, 2019)
N. L. Swanson, Genetically Modified Organisms and the Deterioration of Human Health (includes some animals)
Pesticide-induced Disease Database
Endocrine disruption
Health Effects of 30 Commonly Used Lawn Pesticides
Environment Effects of 30 Commonly Used Lawn Pesticides
Lawn Pesticides An Unacceptable Risk
CHEM Trust, A Review of the Role Pesticides Play in Some Cancers
Diseases associated with exposure to glyphosate
Journal Admits Monsanto Role in Reviews of Glyphosate Cancer Risks
Parkinson’s Disease and Exposure to Pesticides
Rates of Parkinson’s disease are exploding. A common chemical may be to blame.
Natural Tick Repellent for Humans and Pets

*A copy of this book is in the Alice L. Pendleton Library.

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