Doctor Concerned About Lawn Pesticide Exposure

Doctor in New York says pesticides can damage developing nervous systems; second doctor says “not so fast”.

According to a report by CBS news correspondent Vinita Nair, more doctors are showing more concern over the pesticides used to treat lawns.

The report states that just because many of the common lawn chemicals—including glyphosate; 2, 4-D; and permethrin—have been around a long time does not mean consumers should adopt a false sense of security. Dr. Phil Landrigan, professor of pediatrics at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital, recently presented some findings at a congressional briefing.

"There is concern that pesticides of all kinds can damage the developing nervous system and can result in learning disabilities in children, behavioral problems and possibly chronic diseases like Parkinson's," Landrigan said, while also insisting that some pesticides can stay in your system for years.

But Dr. Josh Bloom of the American Council of Science and Health says these chemicals have been used in the U.S. for at least 60 years and pose no risk. "There are so many hundreds of things more dangerous in everyday life than this that it is not even worth thinking about," Bloom said.

Doesn’t look like the pesticide debate is quieting down anytime soon.