Children Are More Vulnerable
Compared to adults, children breathe more air, eat more food and
drink more water per unit of body weight which leads to greater exposure
in a pesticide-contaminated environment.
How Are Children Exposed To Pesticides?
Children are exposed to pesticide while they are in the womb, through their diet, homes, schools, playground and environment
In New Zealand pesticides found in baby food were nearly 530% times more than baby food in Europe.
A study fron Seattle found that children eating organic diets had 6 times lower level of pesticides (organophosphates) than children eating conventional diets.
A study from the US has found a 7 point drop in I.Q scores in children with greater prenatal exposure to pesticides than children with lesser exposure.
Pesticide Impact On Children
Asthma, Allergies and Immune System Problems
Reproductive Disorders And Abnormalities
Obesity, Diabetes And Other Metabolic Diseases
Neurodevelopmental And Behavioral Disorders
Government regulatory processes often overlook these health impacts on children. Our recent review written by Dr. Meriel Watts reveals how pesticides are poisoning our future while calling on governments to adopt a precautionary principle our children’s health and the environment. Toxicity studies and regulatory standards, already inadequate in evaluating their full adverse impacts, are premised on adults.
Agriculture and health policies are based on myths that pesticides are necessary and that they can be safely used. However, successful agroecological non-pesticide approaches are practiced by tens of thousands of farmers across Asia. They not only lead healthier lives but they have improved livelihoods.
Together we can protect children against pesticides by making changes to what children eat and how agriculture can be grown without pesticides. Parents and teachers can urge governments and policy makers to ban and phase out toxic pesticides that are harmful to children. Help us create a pesticides free world together!
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‘Global governance mechanism for the lifecycle management of pesticides needed’: BRS Conventions only cover 3.5% of pesticides
Press Release Geneva, Switzerland—The Pesticide Action Network* (PAN) calls on international decision-makers gathered at the Conference of Parties of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions to put into place
Press Release Geneva, Switzerland—PAN Asia Pacific urges Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions to adopt agroecology in place of hazardous pesticides, as the Triple Conference of Parties
A PAN International Position Paper In a position paper, PAN International lays down foundations, principles and benefits of Agroecology and the network’s policy recommendations. Available for download in various languages:
Pesticide Action Network’s Intervention at SAICM OEWG3: Put Forward a Legally Binding Protocol or Treaty
Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International Opening statement by Sarojeni V. Rengam at the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Open Ended Working Group 3 in Montevideo, Uruguay last April
PANAP welcomes immediate ban on glyphosate imports in Vietnam, paraquat total ban in Malaysia in 2020
Press Release PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) welcomes the ban of two Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) recently announced by the governments of Vietnam and Malaysia: the immediate ban on new imports
On the eve of the upcoming 3rd Open Ended Working Group of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), PAN redoubles its call for a global legally binding mechanism