Pesticides in Maine: A Growing Public Health Concern February 1, 2020
This 2020 PSR Maine report showed 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.