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Lisa Williams Axia College SCI275
Malathion is a man-made organophosphate insecticide that is commonly used to control
In addition. my vote is to vote against the use of the insecticide spray Malathion. I do not believe that the benefits of spraying Malathion out weigh the associated risks. Pesticide products are inherently toxic. The potential hazard to both the people of Genericville and to the wildlife is not a risk I am willing to take. The likelihood of experiencing adverse health effects from exposure to any pesticide. 2 mosquitoes and a variety of insects that attack fruits. These products contain over 95% malathion and are often applied undiluted.. including malathion.(EPA).d. they may be diluted with a petroleum solvent similar to kerosene before application. like the West Nile which Genericville also has reported cases of every summer. Feldman). Malathion is the active ingredient in mosquito control products. vegetables. depends primarily on the amount of pesticide that a person contacts and the amount of time the person is in contact with that pesticide. and shrubs. It can also be found in other pesticide products used indoors and on pets to control ticks and insects. However.Risk Assessment of Malathion p. in which case petroleum solvent will make up most of the pesticide solution. laboratory rats exposed to the chemicals were found to have developed tumors (n. Of all the case studies I have seen show cases where Malathion has killed wildlife and created health . Cornel University conducted a study and states that Malathion is moderately toxic to birds. a person's age. The chemical Malathion and the impact it has on society's health is almost as great as impact of mosquito-borne diseases. sex. Malathion is a powerful pesticide. According to a study done in 2000 by the Environmental Protection Agency. such as fleas and ants. no pesticide exposure is risk free. some species of fish and to aquatic invertebrates. landscaping plants. This study also revealed that Malathion is highly toxic to honey bees. life style and/ or general health characteristics can affect his or her likelihood of experiencing adverse health effects as a result of exposure to pesticides As a member of the Grenericville city council. genetic makeup.
I have decided to vote against this measure and hopefully. Research shows that Malathion is not toxic in itself. In other words. Exposure can cause rapid severe poisoning with headache. my “no” vote will inspire us all to investigate other safer alternatives to controlling the mosquito problem. After careful consideration. 1992). especially in the cells of the lymph systems and white blood cells. The study states. 3 problems for those exposed. Los Angeles shows a potential health risk of Malathion. An article by the Department of Preventive Medicine University of Southern California. "it was found that children who had been exposed to Malathion during the second trimester of pregnancy were showing over two and one-half times more gastrointestinal disorders (affecting the stomach and small intestines) in comparison to children not exposed to Malathion during pregnancy.Risk Assessment of Malathion p. and I am not comfortable using a pesticide that may cause harm to our citizens or animals. nausea and vomiting. This chemical is on the Special Health Hazard Substance List because it is a deadly chemical (Fwd Malathion Online 1999). The chemical can be absorbed through the inhalation process or ingestion. There is no way I could . what may be non-toxic to one may be fatal to another." (Department of Preventative Medicine. Malathion has the potential to be harmful and exposures to this chemical can cause various symptoms. I am sure we can find other alternatives. in good conscience agree to use this pesticide in the general population. Individuals tolerate different levels of Malathion. unless it is absorbed into the body of humans or animals can cause several cellular mutations. The type and severity of symptoms varies depending on the amount of chemical involved and the nature of the exposure. The citizens of Genericville must be our main concern. sweating. . loss of coordination and death.
com . Kesley.Risk Assessment of Malathion p. L. W.malathion. Retrieved from www. 4 Work Cited: Feldman. Malathion and its risks. Malathion online. April). (1999). July 21). 121-126. Hazard identification of malathion. (2000). 12(15). (1999. Shone. (2005. N. 26(31). Retrieved from www.D.malathiononline. Preventative medicine.com Holness. Dupress.