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Why should I avoid organophosphate pesticides?

Organophosphates are a class of pesticides that are extremely toxic; they can even be life-threatening if accidental exposure occurs. Pesticide poisonings from organophosphates can result if the pesticide comes in contact with your skin, you breathe the vapors, or you ingest the material. Symptoms include blurred vision, abdominal pain, increased salivation, sweating, irritability, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms, mental confusion, and seizures. Probably the most well-known organophosphate is chlorpyrifos, which is the active ingredient in many pesticides, including Dursban and Lorsban. Although the Environmental Protection Agency has sharply reduced the use of chlorpyrifos because of concerns about children’s health, it’s still available in products on hardware, home center, and garden store shelves. Chlorpyrifos is used to kill fleas, bees, wasps, hornets, termites, and roaches. This product is highly toxic, and chronic exposure even at low levels contributes to problems with the nervous system. In fact, chlorpyrifos accounts for most of the pesticide poisonings nationwide. The people most often poisoned are those who work with chlorpyrifos on a regular basis, such as agricultural workers and pesticide applicators, but young children are another very vulnerable group.

You should avoid using any products containing chlorpyrifos or other organophosphates. A child’s developing nervous system and brain don’t need to be exposed to a chemical that can cause this type of damage. Chlorpyrifos and other organophosphate pesticides, even when used according to manufacturer directions indoors, can accumulate on rugs and your child’s toys, providing an ongoing exposure to these toxic chemicals.
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