Pesticide Use and Children

Children deserve better. Let's include them as we work to understand the risks of pesticide use and what levels are safe for different sizes of humans.

Dr. Greene’s take on pesticide use…

Current federal government regulations on pesticides may not adequately protect children. A report released in April 2000 by Congress’ investigative arm raised the concern that the current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards do not account for children being more vulnerable than adults at the same level of pesticide exposure.

Both their smaller size and their maturing organ systems put children at significantly higher risk. Levels set just by studying effects on adults are not adequate. Children deserve better. Let’s include them as we work to understand the risks of pesticides and what levels are safe for different sizes of humans.

Published on: April 24, 2000
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Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.
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