"Children are much more susceptible to health effects of pesticides than adults," according to the president of the Pesticide Education Center
in San Francisco, Dr. Marion Moses
"At the same level of exposure they will absorb more pesticides, because they have more skin surface for their size, and take in more breaths per minute.
Children's ability to degrade pesticides in the liver and their immune system protections are not fully developed."
specializes in both occupational and environmental medicine, and was formerly with the department of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
also states that many lawn chemicals "are known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects and infertility.
They can also damage the brain and nervous system, lungs, kidneys, liver, endocrine and immune systems.
"Long-term (chronic) effects linked to pesticides," she
went on, "include cancer, infertility, birth defects, Parkinson's disease, and damage to the brain and nervous system.
Addressing that point, Dr. Moses
writes, "Just because you do not get any symptoms from pesticides does not mean that you are not being exposed and are not at risk.
The statements by Dr. Marion Moses
were excerpted from a series of publications called "Consumer Pesticide Safety Series," which she