Environmental Awareness

Evaluating the Risk of Pesticide Exposure

TOXIC TRESPASS

Do you take reasonable measures to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals wherever you can?

The desire to protect the children of our community from the effects of toxic pesticides is a major driving factor for me.

Last year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (“IARC”), an arm of the World Health Organization (“WHO”), classified the chemical glyphosate, as a probable carcinogen in humans. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the United States. The chemical has already been proven to cause cancer in animals. The major challenge with showing that a chemical causes cancer in humans [as opposed to animals] is that the cancer typically develops many years after exposure.

There is no safe level of Glyphosate. Glyphosate is patented as an Antibiotic and a Chelating Agent.

The potential harm to humans is not limited to cancer. Compounds introduced into the environment by human activity are capable of disrupting the endocrine system of animals … and humans. These chemical compounds are known as endocrine disruptor chemicals becausethey interfere with the normal function of the endocrine system.

Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. When someone with celiac disease eats foods or uses products containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging or destroying villi in the intestine. Without healthy villi, a person becomes malnourished, no matter how much food one eats.

Should the Public Wait for the Final Word on Glyphosate from Federal and State Agencies?

The question we should ask ourselves is should we wait for the Environmental Protection agency (EPA) to agree that glyphosate or other pesticides are carcinogens? Or should we err on the side of caution, as the WHO and many European countries are doing, and take action now?

THE USE OF POWER ~ using your power against humans is the ultimate abuse of power.

The way I see it, chemical companies are taking without asking. They are taking our health without asking. This is toxic trespass.

At very low exposure, children and pregnant women are harmed.

We cannot wait for EPA or FDA or USDA to ban Glyphosate, we must strive to change local laws to protect our loved ones and next generations.

It starts with you today. Help protect Cape Cod’s drinking water by signing the petition on our web site: www.poccacapecod.org and join our email list for weekly updates and donate generously to keep our active team going.   Sending this information to your circles really helps for it will be power in numbers that prevails.

Laura Kelley, POCCA Cape Cod

 

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