DDT synthesized by Othmar Zeidler.
a colourless crystalline substance practically insoluble in water, is highly
soluble in fats and most organic solvents.
DDT insecticidal properties discovered by the
Swiss scientist Paul Hermann Müller who is awarded the 1948 Nobel Prize in
Physiology and Medicine.
DDT so safe you can eat it 1947
to slow child progress
and Breast Cancer: Significance of Age at Exposure
1972 DDT is banned in US as it
has been found to bioaccumulate killing higher level organisms like the birds
by creating extra thin egg shells.
The Rise and Fall of DDT in America
DDT - Rachel Carson - Silent Spring
DDT is present in the Palos Verdes sediments, Los
Angeles largely as a result of wastewater discharges from the former Montrose
Chemical plant in Torrance, California, which operated from 1947 to 1983.
Wastewater containing over 1,700 tons of DDT was discharged from the Montrose plant into
Fish caught off the coast of California from Ventura to
Dana Point contain the highest known concentrations of
may increase Alzheimer's risk
Californias toxic waters make for toxic
This Shark's Liver Had DDT Levels 100 Times the Legal Limit for
1977 Pesticide spill at Del Monte
Fresh Produce Co. contaminates a local drinking water system on the island of
The site is placed on the Superfund list in 1994 and is
contaminated by the pesticides ethylene dibromide, dibromo-chloropropane, and
1986 Use of the herbicide
Dinoseb is banned after tests concluded that it causes
fertility problems and
birth defects in lab animals.
analysis of 117 studies of the incidence
of lymphoma in the US
concludes that people most often develop the cancer in areas with the highest
pesticide and herbicide use.
The pesticides most associated with
lymphoma, according to
the Lymphoma Foundation of America (LFA) are the herbicides 2,4-D
(2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) and triazines (which include atrazine,
cyanazine and simazine).
Phosphine compounds also had a high
association with lymphoma.
carbaryl, chlordane arsenates, diazinon, dichlorovos and
According to the LFA, the studies also showed a link between
lymphoma and exposure to
2,4-D first marketed in the US in 1940s, is detected in
the ground water in 5 states and in 2003 found in 63% of home dust
DuPont ceased sales of Benlate, a fungicide
after hundreds of lawsuits.
DuPont has spent over $1.3
billion on litigation
and damages primarily for property damage to crops, flowers and ornamental
plants damaged by Benlate.
2003 Delaware Supreme
Court rules that statute of limitations doesn't begin in a toxic exposure case
until discovery of a possible link between substance and injury.
Children born with eye defects that were originally thought to be
genetic were linked to prenatal exposure to the pesticide Benlate.
2004 Run-off of the
pesticide ICON, active ingredient friponil, manufactured by
CropScience kills many of some 1,500 crawfish farmer's crawfish.
Researchers from Emory University and the University of Washington find
an association between exposure to the organic pesticide Rotenone and
2005 New study based upon results from
Washington State's first year of mandatory testing of farm workers found that
one in five of those workers who either mix or spray pesticides and/or
herbicides "experienced significant health affects."
Of the 580 workers
tested, 20.6% experienced at least a 205 drop in the enzyme cholinesterase.
The enzyme is reportedly "vital to the body's
Some 4.4% of the workers experienced at least a 30% drop
in the enzyme level.
Two of the more
commonly used pesticides that affected the workers were azinphos methyl also
called Guthion and chlorpyrifos.
According to the EPA, 80% of all the orchards in the Northwest US are
treated with both of these industrial oils.
Virginia residents seek class action certification in a suit against Solutia
alleging exposure to toxic oil which emanated from a facility that manufactured
Agent Orange, a blend of 2,4-D and
2,4,5-T and picloram.
A few banned compound chemical
pesticides - aldrin, benzene
hexachloride, binapacryl, 2,3,4,5-bis (2-butylene)
tetrahydro-2-furaldehyde, bromoxynil butyrate,
cadmium compounds, calcium
arsenate, captafol, carbon tetrachloride, chloranil, chlordane, chlordecone
(kepone), chlordimeform, chlorobenzilate, chloromethoxypropylmercuric acetate,
copper arsenate, 1,2-Dibromo-3-Chloropropane ,
dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, dinoseb and salts,
Di(phenylmercury)dodecenylsuccinate, 2-methyl-4,6-dinitrophenol, 1,2-
dibromoethane ethylene dibromide, ethylene dichloride, endrin, ethyl
p-nitrophenyl thionobenzenephosphonate, ethyl hexyleneglycol, fluoroacetamide,
lead arsenate, leptophos,
chloride and mercuric chloride), methamidophos, methyl parathion,
mevinphos, mirex, monocrotophos, nitrofen, octamethylpyrophosphoramide,
parathion (ethyl), pentachlorophenol, phenylmercury acetate, phenylmercuric
oleate, phosphamidon, potassium 2,4,5-trichlorophenate (2,4,5-TCP), pyriminil,
safrole, silvex, sodium arsenite, dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane, terpene
polychlorinates, thallium sulfate, toxaphene (chlorinated camphene),
2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T),
Kids exposed to pesticides have smaller
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