Report Tracks Increased Prevalence of Pesticides and Children’s Health Problems

More than 1.1 billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the United States, and they are endangering children and the nation’s future, according to the report “A Generation in Jeopardy: How Pesticides Are Undermining Our Children’s Health and Intelligence” by California-based Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA). The report summarizes recent scientific studies and government data that document the negative, life-altering effects of pesticides on children’s health, along with methods for protecting children by reducing exposure. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 78 million homes, about 74 percent of allU.S. households, use pesticides. That makes the possibility of harmful exposure widespread. Among the report’s findings: A study of more than 4,000 children from 12 California communities showed pesticide exposure in the first year of life significantly increased the risk of being diagnosed with asthma by age five. The report is available on PANNA’s website.