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Recent research finds that rural homes in NY are contaminated with pesticides

Many people like to think of their home as their refuge, but there’s one dangerous problem that is surprisingly difficult to escape from, even in the place where you should feel safest: pesticide contamination.  According to researchers from Cornell University, indoor pesticide pollution is a huge problem in rural homes in New York state. As part of a larger study focused on the pollutants found in child care facilities and houses, scientists took samples from homes in several counties to determine the presence of 15 toxic pesticides that are commonly used in the area’s agricultural industry. They found that pesticide residues were “ubiquitous” in the most literal sense: Every single one of the 350 homes tested had positive results for the chemicals.  Read more...



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