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health & Science

PSR Maine brings the unique ethical and scientific integrity of our diverse

community of professionals to advocate for policies and practices that eliminate

pervasive threats to the safety, security, health and well-being of the people

of Maine and the world.

PSR Maine releases new report

Maine voters overwhelmingly are worried about
pesticide exposures to children and pets and want action

The new report released in early February 2020, finds that a strong majority of Maine voters (72%) are worried about their children’s and pets’ health from exposures to pesticides. An equally strong majority (71%) say they support bans on pesticides that are applied only for cosmetic purposes. Only a very small percentage of those surveyed (9%) believe that pesticides should be used without restrictions.

We know that dangerous exposures to pesticides are associated with childhood cancers like leukemia, learning disabilities and behavioral problems associated with medical conditions like ADHD. And the only way forward is to prevent exposures especially to children who are most vulnerable because their bodies and brains are still developing.

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