Government Agency: We Must Reduce Toxics
Those of us who advocate for pesticide-free lawn care are constantly met with the same responses from the chemical industry: “Our products are safe when used as directed” or “We apply our pesticides in such small doses they couldn’t possibly be dangerous.”
In what can only be called a ground-breaking debunking of those myths, the American Chemical Society — a non-partisan, non-profit organization chartered by Congress — called on the Environmental Protection Agency to completely revamp its testing procedures for toxic chemicals. The position statement was specifically targeting chemicals that disrupt the human endocrine system that controls our hormonal function.
“Endocrine hormones naturally act at ultra-low concentrations and certain chemicals are suspected of altering endocrine function at similarly low concentrations,” said the report, which challenged the prevailing notion that “the dose makes the poison.”
In many cases, according to the report, smaller doses of chemicals such as pesticides may actually be more harmful than larger ones: “This makes it impossible to predict the effects of low-dose exposures based upon high-dose experiments. The effects can be not only different, but opposite.”
Numerous lawn chemicals are known endocrine disruptors.
“Studies have identified endosulfan, methoxychlor, dicofol, lindane, DDT and its metabolites, vinclozolin, chlor-decone, toxaphene, 2,4-D, 2,4,5-T, atrazine, carbaryl, dieldrin, heptachlor, mirex, malathion, synthetic pyrethroids, and chlordane as endocrine disrupting chemicals,” according to a report by the World Wildlife Fund.
Here is a link to the full statement from the Chemical Society: http://portal.acs.org/portal/PublicWebSite/policy/publicpolicies/promote/endocrinedisruptors/CNBP_023441