Children exposed to pesticides! (January 5, 2005)
The Beyond Organic Radio Show

Children exposed to pesticides!

Scientific studies increasingly connect exposure to chemicals with diseases like leukemia and brain tumors. Children are especially vulnerable. Is the Environmental Protection Agency doing enough to protect us, not just from pesticides, but from corporate influence peddling?

This Wednesday on Beyond Organic, we will focus on two cases involving children:
  1. When at least 16,000 children were poisoned by rat poisoning in 2003;
  2. CHEERS -- an EPA proposal to pay parents to spray pesticides and other chemicals in the rooms occupied by infants under age 3.
We will find out from Natural Resources Defense Council lawyer Aaron Colangelo how this happened and even more importantly - why it continues to happen.

We'll talk to Monica Moore fromthe Pesticide Action Network about the so-called 'CHEERS' program — Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study. Due to public outcry, the EPA was forced to put this program temporarily on hold.

And we will get the perspective on government watch group, PEER, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

Are CHEERS and the rat poisoning cases merely exceptions, or do they fit into a larger pattern at the EPA and other government agencies?

Tune is this Wednesday, as host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, looks at the latest attempts to weaken the EPA's protection of children.

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