“If people really understood the connection of environmental damage to their own lives, they would be much more motivated to preserve and protect the environment.”
– Dr. Eric Chivian, director of Harvard’s Center for Health
and the Global Environment, in Veterinary World, Spring 1999.
Pesticides & children
“Pesticides pose special concerns to children because of their high metabolisms and low body weights. More than 1 million children between the ages of 1 and 5 ingest at least 15 pesticides every day from fruits and vegetables. More than 600,000 of these children eat a dose of organophosphate insecticides that the federal government considers unsafe, and 61,000 eat doses that exceed benchmark levels by a factor of 10 or more.”
• Source: Food for Thought: The Case for Reforming Farm Programs to Preserve the Environment and Help Family Farmers, Ranchers and Foresters, pages 12-13, found at www.environmentaldefense.org/pubs/Reports. Original source: Environmental Working Group, Overexposed: Organophosphate Insecticides in Children’s Food, 1998, pp. 1-3.
Toxic chemicals are contaminating groundwater
Toxic chemicals are contaminating groundwater on every inhabited continent, endangering the world’s most valuable supplies of freshwater, according to a WorldWatch paper. As a result, author Payal Sampat called for a systematic overhaul of manufacturing and industrial agriculture. He noted that since 1998, farmers in China’s Yunnan Province have eliminated their use of fungicides while doubling rice yields by planting more diverse varieties of the grain. Meanwhile, several water utilities in Germany now pay farmers to switch to organic operations because moving farmers to organic practices costs less than removing farm chemicals from water supplies.
• Source: “Deep Trouble: The Hidden Threat of Groundwater Pollution,” by Payal Sampat, Worldwatch Paper 154, December 2000.
Pesticides "encourage life-threatening bacteria to grow on crops"
Pesticide sprays “encourage life-threatening bacteria to grow on crops,” according to Canadian researcher Greg Blank in an article in the New Scientist. Researchers at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg found that bacteria thrived in some formulations of pesticides diluted with water, growing best in chlorothalonil, linuron, permethrin, and chlorpyrifos. Blank warned that the bacteria could pose a threat to people eating raw fruit and vegetables such as strawberries, raspberries and lettuce.
• Source: New Scientist, Oct. 7, 2000.
Exposure to pesticides can cause a range of ill effects
“Exposure to pesticides can cause a range of ill effects in humans, from relatively mild effects such as headaches, fatigue, and nausea, to more serious effects such as cancer and neurological disorders. In 1999, EPA estimated that nationwide there were at least 10,000 to 20,000 physician-diagnosed pesticide illnesses and injuries per year in farm work. Environmental effects are evident in the findings of the U.S. Geological Survey, which reported in 1999 that more than 90 percent of water and fish samples from streams and about 50 percent of all sampled wells contained one or more pesticides. The concern about pesticides in water is especially acute in agricultural areas, where most pesticides are used.”
• Source: Agricultural Pesticides: Management Improvements Needed to Further Promote Integrated Pest Management, U.S. General Accounting Office [GAO-01-815, Page 4, August 2001].
Rate of usage of toxic pesticides is still significant
“Pesticides not only harm the health of farm workers and poison wildlife and wells; they also undercut their own effectiveness. They often kill off not only the target pest but also its natural enemies, creating pest resurgences. Furthermore, regular applications of any pesticide tend to hit individual pests most sensitive to the poison while letting the least sensitive survive and breed. So pest populations become resistant, forcing chemical farmers to turn to even more lethal poisons. In the past 50 years, more than 500 insect pests, 230 crop diseases, and 220 weeds have become resistant to pesticides and herbicides.”
• Source: Donella H. Meadows, “Our food, our future,” in September/October 2000 issue of Organic Gardening.
Pesticides threaten the health of millions
More than 500,000 tons of old and unused pesticides threaten the health of millions of people and the environment in developing countries and countries in transition, according to a report co-authored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the United Nations Environment Program released in May 2001. Poisons leaking from the stocks threaten human health; contaminate natural resources like soil and water, and make fields unfit for crop production. Among the highly toxic and persistent pesticides in the waste sites include aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, malathion, and parathion.
• Source: “FAO Warns: Toxic Pesticide Waste Stocks Dramatically Higher than Previously Estimated—Calls on Countries and Industry to Speed Up Disposal,” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Press Release 01/28, May 9, 2001.
Pesticides classified as carcinogens
A 44-page report has shown that 4.5 million gallons of pesticides were reported used by commercial applicators or sold to farmers across New York state, a 20 percent increase over 1997. Nearly a third of the total amount used in 1998 are classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as known or suspected carcinogens.
• Source: The Toxic Treadmill: Pesticide Use and Sales in New York State 1997-1998.
Increase in pesticide potency
Farmers will use 2.5 million tons of pesticides on the year 2000’s crops, pesticides that are 10-100 times more potent that formulations used just 25 years ago.”
• Source: Worldwatch press release for the 92-page paper, Why Poison Ourselves? A Precautionary approach to Synthetic Chemicals, November 2000.
Is there a health risk due to EMFs and innersprings in your mattress?
Background: According to the EPA
About Electric and Magnetic Fields
Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are a combination of electric and magnetic fields of energy that surround any electrical device that is plugged in and turned on.
• Scientific experiments have not clearly shown whether or not exposure to EMF increases cancer risk. Scientists continue to conduct research on the issue.
• The strength of electromagnetic fields fades with distance from the source. Limiting the amount of time spent around a source and increasing the distance from a source reduces exposure.
Electromagnetic radiation consists of waves of electric and magnetic energy moving together through space. Electric fields are produced by electric charges and magnetic fields are produced by the flow of current through wires or electrical devices.
EMFs are found near power lines and other electronic devices such as smart meters. Electric and magnetic fields become weaker as you move further away from them. The fields from power lines and electrical devices have a much lower frequency than other types of EMF, such as microwaves or radio waves. EMF from power lines is considered to be extremely low frequency. Scientific studies have not clearly shown whether exposure to EMF increases cancer risk. Scientists continue to conduct research on the issue.
Do your innersprings act as an antenna?
For some years there has been suggestion that metal innerspring mattresses act as an antenna to attract and amplify EMFs. This could potentially turn an ordinary innerspring mattress into a hotbed of EMF activity.
An article posted on the Scientific American:registered: website in 2010 has caused some concern on the Internet that there may be a link between mattresses that contain innersprings and cancer caused from exposure to high EMFs (electric and magnetic fields).
Further videos on YouTube can be found here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2o-g-GMPag&t=29s here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl_Ticwzvi0 showing a person holding EMF meter (electromagnetic radiation detector) while measuring the results over a traditional innerspring mattress. The innersprings shown in these videos are continuous coil innersprings — which means the coils are inter-connected with a tightly coiled wire called a helical. (Yes, helical wires are sometimes used in antenna.)
Please note: We do not use coils (or open coils) in any Milari Green Mattresses. Instead, we use 100% Organic Coconut Coir which prevents baby’s bed from potentially becoming a hot lava to sleep on and greatly reduces overheating.
COOL BY DESIGN
Unlike traditional memory foam mattresses, Milari Green Mattress is designed to help your baby sleep cool. The natural wool wicks moisture away from your baby’s body and face. Similarly, the natural latex layer leverages airflow to pull heat out of the top layer, leaving you cool and comfortable.
WHY DOES HEAT FLOW MATTER?
While you’re asleep, your body acts like a little thermal engine, putting out the equivalent heat of a 100W light bulb. By using natural latex that leverage convection (heat transfer through air) we’re able to pull heat away from your body, and disperse it back into the atmosphere.
Dr. Jim Sprott, OBE, a New Zealand scientist and chemist, says he is certain that cot death is caused by toxic gases, which can be generated from a baby’s mattress. For further information to help you make an informed choice about what your baby sleeps on you can read the following articles: