Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Misleading Pesticide Labels May Be Dangerous to Your Health

Misleading Pesticide Labels May Be Dangerous to Your Health
Label directions on bug spray, mothballs, and other indoor pesticides make it seem like you need more of the toxic stuff than you do, suggests a new study.
By Emily Main

Opt for nontoxic pest-control methods as much as possible, but if you choose to use pesticides, use the minimum amount listed on the label.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Often when people notice an infestation of bugs—pesky ants in the corner of the kitchen, for instance—their first reaction is to blast them in a smothering cloud of pesticide spray. Unfortunately, the labels on many pesticides don't do much to deter people from overdoing it. Research presented at a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society finds that most pesticide labels imply that "if a little bit is good, more is better." Thus comes the pesticide cloud, which puts you at risk of dangerous chemical exposure.

THE DETAILS: The new research is part of an ongoing program at the California Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) Department of Pesticide Regulation to educate people about safe pesticide use.

To read the full article: http://www.rodale.com/pesticide-labels?cm_mmc=DailyNewsNL-_-2010_05_10-_-Top5-_-NA

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