Class of Pesticides Sprayed Over Miami May Cause Neurological Disease, says study
The pesticide is called Naled and the EPA would have you believe that it is safe in “small doses.” It has been in use for four decades, though a 2010 study at Emory University found that prenatal and early-childhood exposure to organophosphates, the type of pesticide class Naled belongs to, can increase the risks of neurological disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Almost in a panic, officials of Miami-Dade county have sprayed with Naled to combat the spread of the zika virus by targeting mosquitoes. It may have unintended consequences, having been banned in Europe for this very reason.
The EPA has said that Naled is safe in small doses, but activists aren’t so sure. “County officials haven’t been giving complete warnings to people,” Dr. Jennifer Sass, a senior NRDC scientist, tells New Times. “I’ve seen some literature that said ‘no extra precautions are needed’ if they’re spraying. But we want people to take extra precautions to avoid coming in contact with residue.
“When they’re spraying, close your windows, and turn off your air conditioning to avoid drawing the pesticide into your house. Make sure you take children’s toys inside, and wipe things down before you let people contact them again, especially a slide, barbecue, or pet food bowls, and especially things that come in contact with kids.”
Residents of Puerto Rico protested hard when the CDC’s plans to spray the island were revealed by a local news station. Residents came out en masse to protest and the spraying decision was reversed.
The debate continues, with some saying Naled is a “necessary evil” and others finding its use totally irresponsible. In this situation, the loudest and clearest voice usually wins out.
Article originally published on Minds.com an open source blog
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