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Support Kerry/Moran Bill

Altogether too often in this world compounds such as chemical pesticides are judged for their safety based on one criteria: whether or not they can be found to directly cause cancer in humans. Tests are run on mice, rats and rabbits and, if the tests for cancer are benign or inconclusive, products will, far more often than not, be approved by the EPA.

The obvious flaw in this system is that chemical exposure can cause far more problems than cancer, everything from an itchy rash, to blurred vision, headaches, nosebleeds and nausea. The more complex issues linked to chemical exposure, particularly pesticides, concerns hormonal disruption and developmental disorders that are not yet fully understood by the medical community.

In one of the most progressive bills introduced in recent memory by the federal government regarding this issue, Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts recently proposed HR 4190, the “Endocrine Disruption Prevention Act of 2009.”

The notion of endocrine disruption is relatively new in the medical field, only fully recognized for the past 15 years or so. The “disruptors” are the substances, whether they be pesticides, solvents, paints, gases etc., which mimic or alter hormones in our bodies so they don’t develop or behave normally. Endocrine disruption is now linked to autism, ADHD and a host of other human diseases.

The Kerry/Moran bill authorizes the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to “conduct a research program on endocrine disruption, to prevent and reduce the production of, and exposure to, chemicals that can undermine the development of children before they are born and cause lifelong impairment to their health and function.”

The SafeLawns Foundation applauds this action and encourages you to tell your elected officials to support the bill. Here is some additional information:

http://moran.house.gov/apps/list/press/va08_moran/Endocrine.shtml

www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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  • http://www.lushecolawns.com John

    Hey Paul. You still coming to Victoria on Jan 21? I didn’t see it on the schedule.

  • http://www.safelawns.org John Sawyer

    Yes, I am coming to Vancouver and Victoria and I need to get the details up on the schedule. Thanks for the reminder!

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