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An unpublished study by the National Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS) has revealed that the French have more agricultural pesticides in the blood that American and German. ten days earlier it is a study of Inserm which highlighted the impact of atrazine on the developing fetus.

The environment, it starts to do well the French are ahead of the Germans and the Americans in the competition of the one who has the most pesticides in the blood. biological concentrations of several chemicals were measured between 2006 and 2007 by the National Institute of Health Surveillance (VS), a representative sample of the population (2000 adult metals, mercury 365, 400 pesticides and PCB.): three resulting conclusions are alarming if levels lead, cadmium, mercury, organic arsenic are stable or declining, pesticides, are present in our blood to levels at least three times higher than in the US or German.

These pesticides are widely used in agriculture , horticulture and for domestic use (to get rid of insects at home, weeding the paths, protect plants from the garden, to finish with ticks and fleas from our pets, or lice in children) . Moreover, it will perhaps have to learn to love the holes in clothing or change the ventilation in the bathroom. In fact, substances that are found in moth repellents or deodorants for toilets, carry other types of pesticides, called “organochlorines”. or the rate of these chemicals in our blood is ten times that found in the blood of German! worse, pcb. despite their total ban in 1979, they are still widely present in our environment.

They are released into the air, soil, water, sediments, contaminating plants, animals and finally people. present at the time in printing inks and adhesives, the Department of site Ecology recalls that they were also used as oil for transformers and capacitors, as well as some radiators or other electrical equipment. they served as lubricant in turbines and pumps, metal treatment, welds, paints and carbonless copy paper according to this study, the concentration of PCB in the French blood is also higher than in neighboring countries German and American. synthesis of the study InVS: exposure of the French population to environmental pollutants INSERM highlights the impact of atrazine on fetal development was the most herbicide used in the us as in Europe, to control weeds in corn fields. it was banned in Europe and in France since 2003 but traces of atrazine and its metabolites of (atrazine mercapturate) were yet present in the urine of 5.5% of 579 pregnant women who participated in the Study pélagie, led by the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), published March 2, 2011 in the journal environmental health perspectivethis study was conducted between 2002 and 2006 to over 3400 pregnant women .

Early pregnancy in Brittanyit was designed to study the impact of atrazine or its metabolites (atrazine mercapturate, desethylatrazine, hydroxyatrazine or hydroxydesethylatrazine) on the course of intrauterine growth. Results: signs of metabolites and desethylatrazine hydroxyatrazine have also been found in respectively 20% and 40% of samples. epidemiological study has established a strong presence of atrazine in urine was accompanied by a decrease in weight birth and head circumference. a high amount of pesticides in the air can also impact on intrauterine growth. according to the survey, women with traces of atrazine or its metabolites in urine ” were 50% higher risk of having a child with low birth weight and 70% more likely to have a child with a small head circumference at birth, ” the association is concerned future generations (ex MDRGF) following the publication of the study. especially since despite his ban, atrazine “remains the most pesticide present in the waters in France, ” says the NGO.

If concentrations remain fairly low , they still affect the intrauterine development. however, there is “no clear association between the presence of atrazine and development of major birth defects,” say the researchers from the Inserm. for François Veillerette spokeswoman for future generations, ” the study we clearly shows that very low doses of endocrine disruptor herbicide may have harmful effects on the developing fetus and thus on the future state of child health. ” asks the NGO ” that all pesticides where an endocrine disruptor effect has been characterized to be withdrawn from the market. ”Environmental Protection Agency of the US (EPA) has also launched a study in October 2009 to determine the health effects of atrazine (cancer, malformation of the newborns, underweight newborns and premature).

Pesticides: a worrying increase derogations from two associations (“pesticide action network” and “future generations”), the European Union provides a clear increase exemptions for the use of banned pesticides.European rules make it possible for an unauthorized product to obtain a waiver for 120 days for “unforeseeable danger which can not be contained by other means” for crops. so that ‘they numbered 59 in 2007, waivers have increased to 321 in 2010 in Europe, including 74 for France.

Agricultural pesticides infiltrate houses according MDRGF, a new US scientific study shows that agricultural pesticides used in radius of 1250 meters around homes eventually contaminate the inside of the houses. The team led by mary h.ward, the National Cancer institute, collected samples of dust in carpets and rugs 89 homes in California and then analyzed pesticide residues 7 widely used in agriculture and suspected carcinogens.