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Pesticide Registration: No Guarantee of Safety

Caroline Cox
Excerpted with permission from Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Our national pesticide law is not a health- or safety-based law. Instead, it is based on risk-benefit analysis: Hazardous pesticides can be registered as long as they offer enough economic benefits. It is nearly impossible to do a sound risk-benefit analysis. There is no satisfactory way, for example, to weigh the costs of two million dead birds, or 100 children born with birth defects, against the profit margins of chemical manufacturing companies.

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