Mid Summer Novel, July 2001
Photograph by Peter C. Jones, courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York
Audubon Greenwich reaches out to inform homeowners about the studies linking the health of humans, pets and wildlife to pesticides (herbicides, fungicides and insecticides).
6 REASONS TO GO ORGANIC ON YOUR LAWN
1. 67 million birds are killed every year by pesticides.
2. Dogs whose owners use 2,4-D (common weedkiller) on their lawns are twice as likely to die of cancer.
3. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (2nd fastest growing cancer in the U.S.) is linked to common herbicides and fungicides such as glyphosate (Round Up ingredient).
4. Fertilizers and pesticides from lawn runoff are highly damaging to the ecology of our streams, ponds and Long Island Sound.
5. 100% of Americans have traces of pesticides in their body tissue and fluids.
6. Children in households where pesticides are used have higher rates of leukemia and brain cancer.
This is a small sample of the thousands of studies linking the health of humans, pets and wildlife to pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides). References to specific studies can be found on reverse side.
1. US Fish & Wildlife Service Audubon Magazine, March April 2007, p. 88
2. Hayes, H. et al, 1991. “Case Control Study of Canine Malignant Lymphoma: Positive Association With Dog Owners’ Use of 2,4-D Acid Herbicides,” Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 83 (17): 1226
3. Zahm, S. et al. 1990 “A Case Control Study of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and the herbicide 2,4-D” Epidemiology 1 (5): 349-356. Hardell, L. et al. March, 1999. “A Case Control Study of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Exposure to Pesticides,” Journal of the American Cancer Society, (85): 6, p.1353
4. Burg, Robert, Editor, Sound Health 2006; The Long Island Sound Study, EPA Long Island Sound Office, Stamford, CT p.12, p.15
5. Second National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), January 2003
6. Leiss, J. et al. 1995. “Home Pesticide Use and Childhood Cancer: A Case Control Study,” American Journal of Public Health” 85: 249-252
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Written by Audubon Greenwich
Photograph courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery