Other Conditions & Exposures

Expert reports about Other Conditions & Exposures


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO ARE MIGHT BE EXPOSED, ARE BEING EXPOSED, OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO PESTICIDES DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What are pesticides?

The word pesticide encompasses different categories of agents that are used in agriculture. One category is insecticides, which are used to kill insects. Another other category is herbicides, which are used to kill unwanted plants. There also are fungicides, which are used to kill fungus. People, including pregnant women, can be exposed to pesticides in dangerous amounts in workplace settings, such as working on a farm. Despite a great deal of pubic concern, prompted partly by food company marketing of foods that are supposedly lower in pesticides compared with the alternatives, it is very rare to be exposed to dangerous levels of pesticides simply from eating food, because the quantities of such agents in food are very low. Concern among consumers has focused especially on an herbicide called glyphosate, but an older agent, an insecticide called DDT is more of a concern. While the health effects of DDT are very real, a push to stop using DDT led to a rise in deaths from malaria in many parts of the world toward the end of the 20th century, as DDT was very effective against mosquitos. Scientific studies of glyphosate have generally found that it is safe at the levels that end up in food.


TO READ THE FULL REPORT

Join Pregistry to access the information you need at no cost to you

Join Pregistry