The European Union just banned two agricultural weed killers linked to infertility, reproductive problems, and fetal development - the first-ever EU ban on endocrine-disrupting pesticides. That's good news for Europeans. But what about Americans?
I do realize the jobs are crucial to those families involved. But the effects of mono-cropping cane and pineapple are well-known to anyone who has a house on lands turned suburban after those agricultural practices have played out.
The EPA has estimated that between 10,000 and 20,000 pesticide poisonings occur annually among agriculture workers in the U.S. That's not the case with those folks who labor on organic farms -- another glaring omission by our friends at Stanford.
Until recently the EPA has considered atrazine, the second-most widely used pesticide in the U.S. "non-carcinogenic." Last week, however, findings were released with "strong" epidemiological evidence linking the pesticide to various cancers.
Living Downstream corroborates a connection between cancer and the filmmaker's hometown's polluted waters from PCBs and the ubiquitous contamination of atrazine, the 2nd most widely used weedkiller in the world.