Are children at greater risk from
pesticide poisoning than adults?

(You decide)
*    Children absorb greater concentrations of pesticides (poisons) per pound of body weight through inhalation, ingestion and contact with the skin.
   Children are more likely to play on treated floors and grounds. Unwashed hands often find their way to the mouth or to unwrapped snacks.
*    Because many pesticides (poisons) are heavier than air, children’s breathing areas are likely to have higher pesticide (poison) concentrations.
*    Children may not read, understand or pay attention to warning signs.
*    A child’s biology is different. Their immune system is less developed and may be less protective.
*    Children are extremely vulnerable to classes of synthetic pesticides (poisons) that mimic naturally occurring hormones or enzymes.
*    Developing cells are more easily damaged than cells that have completed development. During the rapid growth period of childhood, cells divide very quickly, making it more likely that a cellular mutation will be reproduced, thus initiating cancer.
*    Because they are younger, children have a longer life span ahead of them for chemically induced health problems to progress.
   Small doses of neurotoxins can drastically impair the learning process in children.
When poison tolerances are tested, the suseptibilities of children
are not deemed important by testers.

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