What is dangerous about the pesticide diazinon (Ortho or Spectracide) and its chemical cousin dursban (Lorsban or chlorpyrifos)?
They are both in the chemical category called organophosphates. They both damage the nervous system so the nerve impulses cannot travel along the nerve pathways of insects - but humans, fish, bees and birds are similarly affected. They both are more dangerous for children than adults. There are also acute and reproductive risks for non-target aquatic and terrestrial animals.
About 2 million pounds of dursban are used annually. Chlorpyrifos is the active ingredient in many pesticide products, including dursban, and up to 13 million pounds of this active ingredient is applied annually in structural and agricultural control of crops and on lawns.
It can be used in hotels, schools, daycare centers, hotels, restaurants, hospitals and stores, etc. as well as on pets (in pet collars and baths), turkeys and farm animals. Various exposures can lead to massive polluted rain run-off, which eventually seeps into the water supplies of urban and rural areas. With the one exception of tomatoes, it will continue to be used agriculturally. http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/1 ... nviron.htmhttp://www.dirtdoctor.com/organic/garde ... rch/id/30/http://www.dirtdoctor.com/organic/garde ... n/id/1341/http://www.dirtdoctor.com/organic/garde ... n/id/2600/http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pestici ... ursban.pdfhttp://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/1 ... nviron.htmhttp://www.safe2use.com/health/dursban-casestudy.htmhttp://www.panna.org/issues/pesticides-profit