I vote not to allow the use of Malathion in the city of Genericville. In order to evaluate the causes and effects of this toxic pesticide I have created an outline that gives us a brief history between the differences of this pesticide. Malathion has been used in the United States for 45 years according to the American Bird Conservatory. In this paper, evidence proving not to use the pesticide will be clearly delivered.
We need to identify the hazards of using Malathion. There may be some adverse health defects if we were to spray the area with the Malathion pesticide. We need to continue researching alternatives as to how to handle the plague of the mosquitoes which can carry the west nile virus. Is our hospital able to treat persons affected by the spraying of Malathion if we were to implement the pesticide throughout our city? Although Malathion is toxic, generally the poisoning of this agent can be treated by a regular hospital; at its worst Malathion can place a human in a coma. The effects of this toxic agent are usually increased urination, difficulty breathing, slow or rapid heart rate, increased tearing, blue skin, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness and agitation. At this time there are some adverse health effects that can cause deadly results according to the environmental protection agency (2008).
The small dose of Malathion may incur minor side effects such as sweating, weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and headache. As opposed to a large dose, this toxic agent can show severe side effects such as coma, anxiety, abdominal cramps and convulsions. We need to make a plan to treat these side effects whether or not the dose is of a small or large portion. To date, there haven’t been enough poison cases regarding Malathion in order to be placed as a large threat to the public.
The exposure of Malathion in humans differs through the United States with different scenarios applications. Some cities use this toxic chemical to protect its citizens and others use the chemical to protect their farms and crops. Malathion is popular amongst government entities across America. Programs all over the United States have been implementing the use of Malathion to control insects. It is not quite clear as to how much humans are exposed to this pesticide. It is clear that Malathion is used around climates that are usually hot and are breeding times for insects. I would say that humans are exposed to this pesticide quite often. Since Malathion evaporates quite rapidly it is believed that this pesticide is used repeatedly throughout the hot weather largely including the summer season all across America. The environmental protection agency has not authenticated that Malathion is a danger to the public. On the contrary to not being dangerous to the public their have been some policies made to control the exposure to humans within governments. On the other hand, exposure is very high when humans are placed to work in fields or crops.
There are many risk characteristics involved when looking at the use and the nature of Malathion. The probability of individuals or populations having adverse health effects is diminutive with the proper procedures. According to the environmental protection agency, the risk of toxic exposure to Malathion is minute because of a very small application per acre placed on the ground and Arial assault. In order to protect the citizens of the United States, Malathion has been registered with the environmental protection agency as an organophosphate which is also known as a pesticide. The EPA has been charged with the duty to re-evaluate the chemical toxin to ensure that it is still safe for use around the human population.
In summation, again I vote not to introduce the use of Malathion into the city of Genericville because there is insufficient evidence that proves this toxic antidote as safe. I agree that we need to keep our city clear of infestation of these insects but maybe we can impose other means of doing so. Despite the facts that many other government entities use this chemical in programs all across the United States, I believe that we can prevent the infestation of these insects by educating our citizens as well as our visitors. Together we as a community have to realize that we are not alone in this ecosystem. We need to identify and learn new ways to live amongst the species that are amongst us all.
Pesticide Profile-Malathion (2007).
Retrieved June 27, 2009 from the American Bird Conservatory.
Public Health statement Malathion Case#: 121-75-5 (2003).
Retrieve June 27, 2009 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Malathion for Mosquito Control (2009).
Retrieved June 27, 2009 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Malathion Poisoning (2009).
Retrieved June 27, 2009 from Medline Plus.