Sign warning "Pesticide Spraying in Progress: Proceed at Your Own Risk"

General

  • Over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in USA.1
  • 2-3 times the amount of pesticide are used on an acre of lawn vs. an acre of agriculture.1
  • Common landscape pesticides have been linked to autism, Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, brain cancer, and endocrine disruption such as erectile dysfunction.
  • Of the 30 most common lawn pesticides, 17 are probable or possible human carcinogens, 11 are linked with birth defects, 19 linked with reproductive effects, 14 associated with neurotoxicity, 24 linked to liver or kidney damage, 25 are sensitizers or irritants, and 18 are endocrine disrupters.2
  • In 2015, the World Health Organization deemed glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup (the most used pesticide in the USA), a "probable" human carcinogen.
  • 185 million pounds of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) are used in the USA, enough to kill 140,000,000 people if directly ingested.3



1. "Pesticides Industry Sales and Usage: 2006 and 2007 Market Estimates," Environmental Protection Agency

2. Beyond Pesticides

3. NPIC

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