Chemical pesticides can cause immediate poisonings that result in stinging eyes, rashes, blisters, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, vomiting and even deaths for tenants. Over the long-term, exposure to pesticides has been linked to cancers, birth defects, reproductive and developmental harm, damage to brain function, and disruption of the body’s hormone system – health impacts that can occur months or years after exposure.
Some 40 pesticides in use in California are known to cause cancer in animals. Forty-three pesticides registered in California, including the widely used fumigant Methyl Bromide, are listed as known to cause birth defects or impair childhood development. One of the most overlooked pesticide exposure pathways is the urban environment. In California, urban use of pesticides in and around our homes, schools, workplaces and communities equals or exceeds all in-state agricultural use of these chemicals.
PSR-LA is a member of the steering committee for Californians for Pesticide Reform, where we have worked for over 15 years in support of the CPR platform:
- Eliminate the use of the most dangerous pesticides
- Reduce use of and reliance on all pesticides
- Support safer, ecologically sound and more socially just forms of pest management
- Expand and protect the public’s right to know about pesticide use, exposure, and impacts