1874 DDT synthesized by
Othmar Zeidler under the supervision of Adolf von Baeyer.
colourless crystalline substance practically insoluble in water, is highly
soluble in fats and most organic
1939 DDT insecticidal properties
discovered by the Swiss scientist Paul Hermann Müller who is awarded the
1948 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.
DDT so safe you can eat it 1947
to slow child progress
and Breast Cancer: Significance of Age at Exposure
|Might the 'cure' in fact be the poison?
Pyriproxyfen, a pesticide used in Brazil since 2014 to arrest the development
of mosquito larvae in drinking water tanks is suspected of causing
The key scientific paper, by A S Oliveira Melo et al in
the journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, found Zika virus in the
amniotic fluids, tissues of affected babies and their mothers but only two
women were examined, far too small a number to establish a statistically
Brazil's Health Minister, Marcelo Castro, claimed
"100% certainty" of a link between Zika and microcephaly based on this mixture
of epidemiological indications and circumstantial evidence.
Disease Control is in agreement even though there is no hard evidence of a
1940 to 1970 New chemistry classes introduced as
Fungicides kill pathogenic or parasitic fungi by disrupting
critical cellular process'.
Fungicide resistance, in which a fungal
population displays decreased sensitivity to a given fungicide, occurs rapidly,
as fungus evolve extremely rapidly.
1972 DDT is banned in US as it has been found to
killing higher level organisms like
the birds by creating extra thin egg shells.
The Rise and Fall of DDT in America
DDT - Rachel Carson - Silent Spring
DDT is present in the Palos Verdes sediments,
Los Angeles largely as a result of wastewater discharges from the former
Montrose Chemical plant in Torrance, California, which operated from 1947 to
Wastewater containing over 1,700 tons of
DDT was discharged from the Montrose plant
into local sewers.
Fish caught off the coast of California from Ventura
to Dana Point contain the highest known concentrations of DDT.
may increase Alzheimer's risk
California's toxic waters make for toxic shark
This Shark's Liver Had DDT Levels 100 Times the Legal Limit for
1977 Pesticide spill at Del Monte
Fresh Produce Co. contaminates a local drinking water system on the island of
The site is placed on the Superfund list in 1994 and is
contaminated by the pesticides ethylene dibromide, dibromo-chloropropane, and
An accident at the Union
Carbide Sevin® pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, released at least 30
tons of a highly toxic gas called methyl isocyanate, as well as a number of
other poisonous gases.
3,800 residents killed immediately, 600,000
experienced significant morbidity and mortality, including being partially or
totally disabled, and experiencing premature death.
on 300 victims of the disaster showed lesions that were severely necrotized on
the upper respiratory tract lining, the lung capillaries, alveoli, and
In addition, the autopsies revealed edematous and enlarged
lungs, hemorrhages, bronchopneumonia, and acute bronchiolitis.
related to respiratory tract toxicity were seen in both the upper and lower
respiratory tracts, and included chest pain and pulmonary distress,
pneumonitis, pulmonary edema, and pneumothorax.
problems included persistent diarrhea and persistent abdominal
Genetic health effects included increased chromosomal
Acute psychological health effects included neuroses,
anxiety, and adjustment reactions; and acute neurobehavioral effects reported
and observed were impaired audio and visual memory, psychomotor coordination,
reasoning and spatial coordination.
Chronic and long-term health risks
of methyl isocyanate exposure, particularly 1 to 25 years after the Bhopal
incident, also involved injuries to the ocular, respiratory, and other organ
systems, including reports of long-term injuries to the reproductive and
Long-term reproductive health risks include increased
spontaneous abortions, increased perinatal and neonatal mortality, menstrual
cycle alterations, decreased placental weights, and increased chromosomal
Neurological symptoms include depression, impaired
associative learning, motor speed and precision, and muscle aches.
1986 Use of the herbicide Dinoseb is banned after tests
concluded that it causes fertility
problems and birth defects in lab
2001 An analysis of 117
studies of the incidence of lymphoma in the US concludes
that people most often develop the cancer in areas with the highest pesticide
and herbicide use.
The pesticides most associated with
lymphoma, according to
the Lymphoma Foundation of America (LFA) are the herbicides 2,4-D
(2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) and triazines (which include atrazine,
cyanazine and simazine).
Phosphine compounds also had a high
association with lymphoma.
These include: 2,4,5-T,
carbaryl, chlordane arsenates, diazinon, dichlorovos and
According to the LFA, the studies also showed a link between
lymphoma and exposure to
2,4-D first marketed in the US in 1940s, is detected in
the ground water in 5 states and in 2003 found in 63% of home dust
DuPont ceased sales of Benlate,
a fungicide, after
hundreds of lawsuits.
DuPont has spent over $1.3
billion on litigation
and damages primarily for property damage to crops, flowers and ornamental
plants damaged by Benlate.
2003 Delaware Supreme
Court rules that statute of limitations doesn't begin in a toxic exposure case
until discovery of a possible link between substance and injury.
Children born with eye defects that were originally thought to be
genetic were linked to prenatal exposure to the pesticide Benlate.
2004 Run-off of the pesticide ICON, active
ingredient friponil, manufactured by
kills many of some 1,500 crawfish farmer's crawfish.
Emory University and the University of Washington find an association between
exposure to the organic pesticide Rotenone and
2005 New study based upon results from
Washington State's first year of mandatory testing of farm workers found that
one in five of those workers who either mix or spray pesticides and/or
herbicides "experienced significant health affects."
Of the 580 workers
tested, 20.6% experienced at least a 205 drop in the enzyme cholinesterase.
The enzyme is reportedly "vital to the body's
Some 4.4% of the workers experienced at least a 30% drop
in the enzyme level.
Two of the more commonly used pesticides that
affected the workers were azinphos methyl also called Guthion and
According to the EPA, 80% of all the orchards in the Northwest US are
treated with both of these industrial oils.
West Virginia residents
seek class action certification in a suit against Solutia alleging exposure to
toxic oil which emanated from a facility that manufactured
Agent Orange, a blend of 2,4-D and
2,4,5-T and picloram.
A few banned compound chemical pesticides -
aldrin, benzene hexachloride, binapacryl, 2,3,4,5-bis (2-butylene)
tetrahydro-2-furaldehyde, bromoxynil butyrate,
calcium arsenate, captafol, carbon tetrachloride, chloranil, chlordane,
chlordecone (kepone), chlordimeform, chlorobenzilate,
chloromethoxypropylmercuric acetate, copper arsenate,
1,2-Dibromo-3-Chloropropane , dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, dinoseb and
salts, Di(phenylmercury)dodecenylsuccinate, 2-methyl-4,6-dinitrophenol, 1,2-
dibromoethane ethylene dibromide, ethylene dichloride, endrin, ethyl
p-nitrophenyl thionobenzenephosphonate, ethyl hexyleneglycol, fluoroacetamide,
lead arsenate, leptophos,
chloride and mercuric chloride), methamidophos, methyl parathion,
mevinphos, mirex, monocrotophos, nitrofen, octamethylpyrophosphoramide,
parathion (ethyl), pentachlorophenol, phenylmercury acetate, phenylmercuric
oleate, phosphamidon, potassium 2,4,5-trichlorophenate (2,4,5-TCP), pyriminil,
safrole, silvex, sodium arsenite, dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane, terpene
polychlorinates, thallium sulfate, toxaphene (chlorinated camphene),
2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T), vinyl chloride.
Kids exposed to pesticides have smaller
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