The Silent Pandemic – the risk to children’s health

Many childhood illnesses are on the rise, and a growing body of scientific evidence links pesticide exposure to this troubling trend.
Using facts and findings from the current body of evidence, I hope you’ll join me in taking a stand for kid’s health!
Let’s make protecting children from pesticides a national priority, one conversation at a time >> Public Action

The site may be American, but the problem is also relevant within the UK.  Especially as more and more Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are finding there way into processed food.  Monsanto GMOs particularly have been adapted to be resistant to Round-up, a pesticide which is known to be a carcinogen.  Some of the information that can be found on their site:

When it comes to pesticides, children are among the most vulnerable. Pound for pound, they drink 2.5 times more water, eat 3-4 times more food, and breathe 2 times more air. They therefore absorb a higher concentration of pesticides than adults.

Infants and children also face unique exposure because of how they interact with the world: they crawl on the ground and put things in their mouths — including their hands. They also face exposure during critical windows in the womb and via breast milk.

Developing Brains & Bodies

Children drawingsSince they are growing so quickly, infants and young children are more susceptible to the effects of pesticide exposure than adults. Their developing brains and bodies are in the midst of complex and fragile developmental processes that regulate tissue growth and organ development — and these developmental processes can be irreversibly derailed by pesticide exposure.
Drawings by preschoolers exposed to pesticides (Valley) compared to those by preschoolers not exposed (Foothills). See “Developmental Delay” below.

Research indicates that children exposed to pesticides either in utero, or during other critical periods face significant health risks including higher incidence of:

  • Birth defects
  • Neurodevelopmental delays & cognitive impairment
  • Childhood brain cancers
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
  • Endocrine disruption

Many of the worst pesticides, known as “persistent organic pollutants,” or POPs, contaminate our water and soil for years. They move on the wind and in streams, rivers and oceans and concentrate as they move up the food chain. Other pesticides are so widely and heavily used that they contamine our food and water supplies (chlorpyrifos and atrazine are good examples).

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So, while farmer and farmworker’s children bear some of the highest risks, pesticides contaminate the environment and permeate the food supply such that even kids in city cafeterias face daily exposure.

Monsanto weedkiller and GM maize in ‘shocking’ cancer study | News | The Grocer

More prove in any more was needed, that GM crops and foods produced from then are not needed.  When Genetically Modified crops came on the market, they were nicknamed ‘Frankenstein’ foods.  It looks like GM food is living up to this name.

I am not a supporter of animal testing.

Monsanto weedkiller and GM maize in ‘shocking’ cancer study | News | The Grocer.

The “Monsanto Rider”: Are Biotech Companies About to Gain Immunity from Federal Law?

More bad news from the USA.  Monsanto and other agrochemical companies can circumvent any Federal Court sanction against the planting of GM crops.  If they are so convinced there is nothing wrong with their products, why was this hidden away in a bill on Agricultural Appropriations.  It should of been done openly by trying to amend the Plant Protection Act.

This is what one NGO had to say about this rider;

In a statement issued last month, the Center For Food Safety had this to say about the biotech industry’s latest attempt to circumvent legal and regulatory safeguards:

Ceding broad and unprecedented powers to industry, the rider poses a direct threat to the authority of U.S. courts, jettisons the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) established oversight powers on key agriculture issues and puts the nation’s farmers and food supply at risk.

This is another reason we need a register of lobbyists in the UK, not just at the National level but also at the Local level.

The “Monsanto Rider”: Are Biotech Companies About to Gain Immunity from Federal Law?.

The perfect drug? Monsanto hooks Nepal on GMO corn — RT

Once again we see the evil hand of Monsanto, with all it’s money convince a Government that there product will save the day.  What will happen is the people and environment will be poisoned.  Then the output from this product will decline, leaving the Nepalese worse off from before.  They need to investigate organic farming methods, with the choice of crops they are trying to grow.

The perfect drug? Monsanto hooks Nepal on GMO corn — RT.