- Jul 7, 2007
So, since you provide the EPA toxicity data, could you please crunch the numbers regarding the mg/kg exposure needed to produce a toxic 'event'. If you have a one pound mouse, you can figure it out, then extrapolate to a human. This stuff sounds terfifying until you actually do the math.
Tell you what, Skunky. Take your mouse and expose it to the appropriate dose (what would be expected if the mouse was unfortunate enough to be outside when the mosquito truck went by) then add similar appropriate doses of lawn chemicals, routine household pesticides used for ant and roach control, pesticide residue found on non-organic fruits and vegetables in a mouse-sized diet, chemicals acquired from plastic food containers and non-stick cookware, a few commonly used prescription drugs the mouse needs, dose appropriate of course, enough food additives and dyes to cover a so-called balanced diet, etc.
Then have the mouse inhale voc’s out-gassing from products used in home construction and furnishing, fumes from cleaning products commonly used in homes and workplaces, air pollutants, throw in a few mold spores and the exhaust fumes from the mosquito truck and your neighbor's leaf blower.
And this is just a partial list, all I have time for at the moment. There are plenty more, a few of which we can avoid, and many we cannot.
How’s your mouse feeling now? Fine? Well, great. Keep feeding this as a daily diet and get back to me.
Or has someone done this and I missed the study?
For the record I am not across-the-board opposed to mosquito control. I just happen to think that the load of non-natural chemicals that we encounter every day is bound to have unintended consequences sooner or later.
Would I choose Permethrin over malaria? You bet. But that begs the question, why are we stuck with two lousy choices? Defending the 'better living through chemistry' point of view is seriously biased and it keeps us from actively working to find alternatives and reduce other exposures that are often optional but promoted as the latest and greatest inventions.