|People have no idea! The number of scientific studies linking common pesticides to health problems among children and adults has skyrocketed over the past 15 years. This includes studies showing increased rates of child cancer, asthma and diabetes - just to name a few. For whatever reason, these studies are not making it to the mainstream television and news media - so the public is basically in the dark about these findings. Therefore, if we care about the future, this information must get out to the public and as fast as possible. To achieve this - we've begun our national campaign entitled - Why pesticides are far more dangerous than previously believed. We recently completed a full-scale search of bound and online medical journals for studies linking common pesticide exposure in homes, schools and businesses with both chronic and critical health disorders. To make this easy to read and understand - we set up a unique link category below so you can click a pesticide exposure source (such as living near farms or indoor pest control) and see an organized list of all medical studies done on just that topic. This also includes the medical journal name - universities - government agencies involved - and doctors participating in the study. There is also a link to the original journal online to confirm the accuracy of our information. To motivate change and alternatives to these pesticides, it is imperative this information gets out to the public (and lawmakers) and in a format that makes a very large impact! As pesticides harm children more than adults - this is also an emotional message that makes radio and television an excellent format to get the word out. Our first television commercial is completed and can be seen at www.stopspraying.org/superbowl - The audio for the commercial would also make for an excellent radio commercial as well.
||Read the research below and you'll be as shocked as we were. You'll see how science lays out the framework showing each generation born since the major push of chemical pesticides in the 1950's is experiencing more health problems related to the immune & nervous system and at earlier ages than their parents. Health disorders occurring more today than in past generations include childhood asthma (going from 1% before 1960 to nearly 10% today), autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes (also going from 1 to 10%) - arthritis - increased rates of child cancer - decreased neurological quality in offspring such as autism, ADHD, lower IQ and lower academic performance in school. All of this is well documented in the medical studies below. The human brain grows at 4,000 cells per second beginning in the 4th week of pregnancy and is highly vulnerable to damage during this critical growth period. Pesticides are well known to damage this delicate process and if this trend of worsening mental & physical health continues in our children and their children - it's a scary prediciton of where we will be to in 30, 50 or 100 years.
||OK, so if we agree with the hundreds of doctors and scientists in the research studies below - showing that even small levels of pesticides can accelerate the appearance of chronic and life threatening health problems - the question is - WHAT DO WE DO NEXT? How do we get people to care enough to do something to get these illness causing chemicals out of their homes, offices, schools and off the dinner table. Unfortunately, laws protecting the public won't improve as long as pesticide interests are allowed to donate unlimited "campaign contributions" to the legislators making laws that are supposed to protect the public. Therefore, the only way to stop the use of these chemicals in any significant amount (and move our children's future toward a positive direction) is to change another law - the law of supply and demand. By educating the public and showing the clear-cut science on how these chemicals really are causing a slow and insidious poisoning among ourselves - we then decrease demand for pesticides in homes - lawns - and food - resulting in a major upswing in consumer interest and willingness to pay a little more for services and products that achieve the same result but do not use chemical poisons. Yes... the alternatives to pesticides will cost a little more, but the savings in visits to doctors offices, hospital bills, special education costs for affected students (not to mention the greatly improved quality of life) - will quickly outweigh any initial expense. To really put this into high gear, our goal is to develop a series of highly creative - factual and emotion driven television and radio commercials to get the facts out on the harmful effects of pesticides. We want these commercials to be different - on the edge of shock and awe - and something that will be talked about at every water cooler for months!
To get the ball rolling - we designed our first television commercial on the dangers of pesticides. Although it would be wonderful to raise enough funds to get this on Super Bowl 51 this February, we have more realistic ambitions of getting it aired on shows such as CNN - Dr. Oz and even - The Goldbergs - Big Bang and others. The commercial will be considered controversial in its delivery, but is factual and has a strong emotional impact because of the truth behind it. Its purpose is to also begin an unprecedented education process and make the research accessible showing how decades of low level pesticide exposure from homes, lawns, agriculture, mosquito control and food dramatically increases rates of serious health problems. This information has not been promoted in conventional media and its time for this to change. This will not only educate the public on this critically important topic, but will provide citizens and politicians with the facts and science needed to change pesticide laws across the country. To keep this education process ongoing, our goal is to use the initial publicity generated from our advertisements to also begin a business model in which we will develop future environmentally based television commercials that promote natural and organic based products - promote stores that sell these products - and promote businesses offering non-pesticide control of indoor insects. These commercials will then be paid for "cooperatively" by the same manufacturers, businesses and retail outlets specializing in these products and services. A WIN-WIN for everybody!