ABSTRACT

The Best Practice Testing Guidelines such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals are not sensitive enough to detect the actual rates of diseases found in human populations. For instance, there is no statistically valid way to determine if the chemical in question can cause cancer in a dosed group of 100 animals, which showed no sign of cancer priorly, at rates below 1,000 people per 100,000, which is the actual rate at which cancers occur. Consequently, all of the cancers currently found in our communities will be missed under these testing protocols. There are serious deficiencies in the regulation of toxic chemicals, such as no published evidence of pesticide safety in children. The published peer-reviewed studies showing the special needs of the developing fetus and newborn, developmental neurotoxicity, brain abnormalities, and IQ reductions in children have not been acted on. Similarly, the damages endocrine-disrupting chemicals are causing to children and the wider population have not been stopped despite extensive published scientific evidence of the serious harms caused by these chemicals. The current regulatory systems have failed to protect children and the wider population from diseases caused by pesticides. Research shows that eating organic food is an effective way to substantially reduce the risk factors of pesticide exposure.