80% of schools apply pesticides

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Over 80% of American schools use toxic pesticides as a preventative measure, whether necessary or not.

Mark Lame, an entomologist and professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, believes that this is an entirely unnecessary practice that carries more risks than benefits for students and professors.

The most commonly used pesticides are in fact nervous poisons. They cause uncontrolled nervous discharges and disrupt delicate hormonal systems.

The link between exposure to pesticides and health problems in children is already well established. Research has linked these endocrine disrupting pesticides to health issues like ADHD, autism, and infertility – all of which are on the rise.

Professor Lame says pest problems are best managed through an integrated approach – preventing the conditions that attract pests to schools in the first place.

Lame serves as a consultant to schools across the country, helping them reduce the toxic load by implementing its Integrated Pest Management (IPM) process.

Science Daily July 21, 2007


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