What is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thinking?
Apparently they are issuing some new guidelines that allows manufacturers to test chemicals such as mosquito and tick repellents on children. I don’t know about you, but this sounds like the most unethical government research to date. I’m sure the pay out will be high for those families willing to have their children tested.
My question is… Don’t we already know the effects of pesticides and other chemicals on our health? Here are a few of them:
Today’s breast milk still contains toxic remnants of DDT passed from grandmother to mother to child. Toxic chemicals are being passed on to infants in breast milk! This information is from the Center for “Children’s Health and the Environment” at www.childenvironment.org
A breast feeding infant can absorb in one year up to 90% of the maximum recommended lifetime dose of a chemical called dioxin. Again, thats a LIFETIME dose in one year. Dioxin is a chemical known to be both hormonally active (estrogenic) and carcinogenic. This information is from an add in the New York Times by the Mt. Sinai School of medicine.
There are numerous studies on organochlorines (pesticides) as well as other pollutants, preservatives, plasticizers, pharmaceuticals, and other chemicals and its effects on our health, both adults and children. Why do we need to spend billions of dollars doing more research (finding the same results) and risk the health of our children?
There is 1000 new chemicals released in our environment every year and most of these have not been tested for toxicity in humans. Now you tell me, who are the research subjects in this study? It looks like all of us are being tested whether we like it or not.
EPA tacitly endorses testing pesticides on children?
(Via Attachment Parenting: A loving and compassionate approach to raising children.)