Daily News Archive
From December 16, 2005
Ask Consumers to Take Action Regarding Pesticide-Parkinsons link
You've been there
to help us with pesticide issues in the past. Now we need your help
again. In a Nov. 27 story, "Hot on the Parkinson’s Trail,"
the Los Angeles Times reported that "scientists have amassed evidence
that long-term exposure to toxic compounds, especially pesticides, can
trigger the neurological disease."
The article also discussed how "more than 1 billion pounds of herbicides, insecticides and other pest-killing chemicals are used on U.S. farms and gardens and in households. Nearly all adults and children tested have traces of multiple pesticides in their bodies."
It also pointed out that "compounds with little in common, such as a fungicide and an insecticide, apparently can team up to administer a one-two punch, decimating brain cells."
This is a problem we can't ignore. Immediately e-mail the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Steve Johnson. Tell him instead of the current practice of evaluating each chemical in isolation, federal scientists should be looking at the real life scenarios of exposures for everyone— especially farm workers and farmers--which includes exposure to multiple chemicals that can produce cumulative impacts on the body and environment.
Please send your email today using the action alert on the UFW website, www.unionvoice.org/campaign/parkinsons.