The Effect of Pesticides and Chemicals on Kids and Pets

As many of you are already aware, small children are much more adversely affected by pesticides than adults are.  Toddlers may get into the very areas where pesticides reside because they don’t know of the danger.  Animals are just as susceptible because they love to explore and have their noses in the soil and other locations where toxic substances may be present.

Good parents and pet owners do all that they can to prevent children and pets from ingesting anything that poses a threat, but for those with kids and animals present, it is important to realize that it is impossible to monitor every move a youngster or pet makes.  Removing as much of the exposure as possible is the duty of every responsible parent and/or pet owner.

A study at the University of California-Berkley points to an important reason that children should be shielded from pesticides of all kinds.  Adults have a detoxifying enzyme that serves to protect them against some chemicals, but children do not develop this protection until their later years.  Obviously, the youngest children are the most susceptible and most often exposed.

According to the study, children have one third or less of an enzyme called paraoxonase 1 than their mothers.  Although it was already known that there was a deficiency in this respect, it had not been realized that it was this pronounced and that it went as far into childhood as it does.  It had been estimated that children of two had built up the enzyme to adult levels, but this new study indicates that it takes as long as seven years.

Although the study did not include pets, it is known that puppies, kittens, and other young animals are more inclined to catch disease and receive harm from chemicals than the adults of the species. Environmentally conscious individuals already realize that toxic and dangerous pesticides and chemicals are not healthy for both people and animals.

The easiest way to protect children and animals from pesticides is to remove the danger. There are plenty of organically engineered products that work just as well, if not better, than the toxic products on the market.

This is why every organic gardener and/or landscaper refrains from using harmful chemicals.  Every mowing and lawn maintenance professional should look for ways to use fewer chemicals in their profession and provide environmentally friendly landscaping services.