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RE: Natural Pesticides

It is interesting, Jim.  (I've been out of the loop between puppies & the
flu.)  It only makes sense that "natural" doesn't always mean "safe."  Even
in our earliest history, there have been accounts of "natural ingredients"
(plants) that could kill, paralyze and generally endanger humans and animals
alike.  Doesn't anyone study history anymore?  I find it absolutely amazing
that some folks don't "get it" when it comes to "natural."  Don't most of
our pesticides, medicines and poisons have a "natural" counterpart or
component that was studied and manipulated to create the "chemicals" now in

O.K., I'm off the soapbox now.  

Stay safe!  Good Grief--I can't believe two hurricanes have decided to
launch another attack!

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of james singer
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 4:14 AM
To: Chat
Subject: [CHAT] Natural Pesticides

This is from another list. Thought it was interesting.

> The International Congress on Entomology being held here in Brisbane 
> Australia features Professor John Trumble, an insect expert from the 
> University of California who will talk about his findings that 
> natural pest products are putting peoples health at risk. He said 
> that a  study of plant based treatments has shown some are more 
> dangerous to humans and animals than pesticides produced by chemical 
> firms. Consumers had a mistaken notion that natural had to be better 
> and safer. Hazards included skin diseases, exposure to carcinogens, 
> mutagens, neurotoxins and substances known to cause organ failure.  
> Given the size of the market and an increasing interest in all things 
> natural, it is not surprising that commercial products are being 
> developed for a wide range of human and animal uses. Unfortunately, 
> most natural products including those used for insect control are not 
> always subject to rigorous testing. While some serious research was 
> being done and some of the solutions worked as promised, he was 
> alarmed by the lack of scientific work to back up many claims. Others 
> were simply wrong. Plants contain many toxins. Some of these toxins 
> can cause significant human or animal health effects and many deaths 
> have been reported.
Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Zone 10a
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]

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