Accession Number:

ADA280721

Title:

Lawn Care Pesticides. Risks Remain Uncertain While Prohibited Safety Claims Continue

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV

Report Date:

1990-03-23

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

The professional lawn care business has developed into a billion dollar industry over the last decade as more and more people have turned to such companies for lawn maintenance. To create beautiful lawns free of weeds and pests, professional lawn care companies rely on chemical pesticides. Many homeowners purchase this service, while others purchase and apply these pesticides themselves. As with most pesticides, these chemicals have the potential to create serious problems affecting human health and the environment. The range of concerns about the risks of pesticides has expanded to include potential chronic health effects, such as cancer and birth defects, and adverse ecological effects. Currently these pesticides are being applied in large amounts without complete knowledge of their safety.

Subject Categories:

  • Pesticides Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE