According to EPA statistics, pesticide use in the US along has grown by fifty percent over the past three decades. (EPA, 2006) Domestic sales of pesticides hover around 2.2 billion pounds a year-that’s eight pounds for every man, woman and child. (EPA, 2006) There are more than 21,000 different pesticides on the US market, containing some 875 active ingredients. (Baue, 2003) For many of these chemicals, the effect on people is simply not known. Background of RAID and Dursban
Raid is a pesticide used indoors sat many households around the country specializing in the containment and elimination of spiders and roaches. (Miles, 2003) “Surveys show that seventy-five percent of homes in the United States use at least one pesticide product indoors per year.” (Miles, 2003) Chlorpyrifos, sold by Dow AgroSciences under the trade names Dursban and Lorsban, poses a risk to children because of its potential effects on the nervous system and possibly brain development. (EPA, 2006) Dursban is a harmful pesticide that is the number one ingredient in RAID. With the EPA’s decision on the future of the third most commonly used and commercially applied pesticide, chlorpryrifos (DursbanTM), vicitims have expressed concern that the agency will not fully stop public exposure and will continue to compromise the public’s health. (Feldman, 2000) In the last sixe years it has been taken off of shelves, and a very strict control was put into action. Farmers can still use it on crops to kill insects and golf courses may use it on the greens, but only with the permission and a certified document from the EPA. (Connor, 2006) However, studies suggest that eight to ninety percent of most exposures to pesticides occur indoors and that measurable levels of up to a dozen pesticides have been found in the air inside homes. (EPA, 2006) The reason for this discrepancy, is pesticides can get into the homes from other sources, including contaminated soil or dust that floats or is tracked...
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