Pesticides Continue to be Used Despite Known Health Risks to Children
Pesticides are linked to a range of health problems including developmental delays, respiratory issues, and cancer. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of pesticides because their organs and immune systems are still developing. They often have higher exposure rates due to their hand-to-mouth behaviors and proximity to contaminated areas. Pesticides can also impact the environment and disrupt natural ecosystems, which can have additional effects on children’s health. It is essential for parents, healthcare providers, and policymakers to prioritize the reduction of exposure to pesticides for children. This includes adopting organic and pesticide-free food options, limiting exposure to pesticides in outdoor and indoor environments, and promoting safe and sustainable alternatives to harmful pesticides.