Pesticide Exposure & Your Health

Scientific literature shows that pesticide exposure can adversely affect endocrine, neurological, immune, and respiratory systems in humans, even at very low levels. 19 pesticides are linked with cancer 21 with reproductive effects, 13 are linked with birth defects, 26 with liver o kidney damage, 15 with neurotoxicity, and 11 with disruption of endocrine (hormonal) system.

Children are especially sensitive to pesticide exposure as they take in more pesticides relative to their size and weight, are more physical in their enviornment, running touching and playing outdoorsy n their bodies and brains are still developing.  

Pesticides can move long distances fairly rapidly through wind and rain. Scientific studies show that 2,4-D apprised to lawns drifts and is tracked indoors where it settles in dust, air and surfaces and may remain fo rust ot year in carpets.

Both inhalation nd dermal exposures are considered major routes of exposure for pesticides because residues will remain where diet was spread even when it is dry.

Exposure to multiple pesticides or other toxic chemicals can change the way awe are affected by them. Multiple exposures can have e a magnified affect create that the individual chemical effects when added to other. This is called a synergistic effect, or synergistic toxicity.

What is Rights of Nature?

Bringing communities together to establish the rights o nature in law - recognizing the rights of ecosystems and communities to exist and thrive. Empowering people and their governments to defend and enforce these rights.

Protecting Local Waterways

Federal and state environmental laws have failed to protect waterways such as the Indian River Lagoon, Banana River, and the St. Johns River because environmental regulations and agencies "legalize and "permit" activities that harm the environment. 

Find Your Community

Alachua | Safebor

Brevard | The Brevard Movement

Orange  | Speak Up Wekiva

Lee | Clean Water Now


Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Did you know?

  • Did you know that 11 million people live within 1 mile of a superfund site and that 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals — including 72 million pounds of carcinogens — are emitted annually from 10,000 industrial polluters? Those industrial chemicals are found in more than 700 people and more than 1,800 new chemicals are introduced annually. 

  • The current structure of law prevents communities most affected by environmental destruction from adopting local laws to protect themselves.

  • Under our current structure of law, communities are prohibited from banning unsustainable activities.

  • Lake Erie in Ohio has a bill of rights protecting it.

  • Several Florida counties have already taken the steps to provide a bill of rights in their communities including: Alachua, Brevard, Orange, Lee, and Osceola. 


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