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Pesticide poisoning of students and school staff is not uncommon. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 1999 documented over 2,300 reported pesticide poisonings in schools between 1993 and 1996.
(US GAO. 1999. Pesticides: Use, Effects, and Alternatives to Pesticides in Schools. U.S. General Accounting Office. GAO/RCED-00-17. http://www.gao. gov/new.items/rc00017.pdf.)

Pesticide poisoning of students and school staff is not uncommon. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 1999 documented over 2,300 reported pesticide poisonings in schools between 1993 and 1996.
(US GAO. 1999. Pesticides: Use, Effects, and Alternatives to Pesticides in Schools. U.S. General Accounting Office. GAO/RCED-00-17. http://www.gao. gov/new.items/rc00017.pdf.)

Conventional weed control increases child exposure indoors. The pesticide residues are tracked into the home by people and pets. This increased a 1 to 2-year-old exposure to chemicals significantly by ingestion of contaminated dust, penetration through the skin, and inhalation.
(Nishioka et al. Distribution of 2, 4-D in Air and on Surfaces inside Residences after Lawn Applications: Comparing Exposure estimates from Various Media for Young Children. Environ. Health Prospect. 2001; 109: 1185 - 1191).

Golf Course superintendents have been found to be at a significantly increased risk of four cancer types including - brain, lymphoma, prostate, and large intestine.
(Drs. Koss, BC, Burneister, IF, Ogilvie, LK, Fuortes, IJ, Department of Preventive Medicine Health, University of Iowa, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 29 (5):501-506, 1996).

A study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute indicates that household and garden pesticide use can increase the risk of childhood leukemia as much as seven-fold.
( Lowengart, R. et al., Childhood Leukemia and Parent's Occupational and Home Exposures, Journal of the National Cancer Institute 79:39, 1987)