The Nature of Things

Season 3 Episode 8

Pesticides and Human Development

Aired Unknown Mar 14, 2001 on CBC
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Pesticides and Human Development
The Yaqui Valley is one of the largest agricultural areas in Mexico, annually producing one and a half million tons of fruits and vegetables that are largely exported to the United States and Canada. When the valley turned to farming, pesticides were introduced and have been used ever since. No long-term studies have ever been done on the effect of low-dose exposure to pesticides on human beings, but extensive animal research already existed, a fact with which Elizabeth Guillette was very familiar. In 1990 Elizabeth Guillette's husband, Dr. Louis Guillette, made a perplexing discovery about the alligators of a lake in Florida.moreless

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