And pesticides in fragrances…
We live in a messed up world.
I am thinking that adding fragrance chemicals to ‘CIDEs makes people think they are not the hazardous killing poisons that they really are, and making them smell better can make them more attractive and harmful to children!
Note that some of the fragrance chemicals might be MORE harmful than the pesticides themselves, as if pesticides weren’t already harmful enough, but those don’t have to be listed, because they are considered “inert ingredients“.
Benzene, for example… It’s a legal fragrance ingredient…
Can someone explain this to me? How is all this a good idea?
“The Pilot Fragrance Notification Program, which was launched in September 2011, is a process improvement effort intended to streamline the process registrants use to amend registrations when adding, removing or modifying fragrance ingredients in nonfood-use pesticide product formulations.
All components of a fragrance product must be included on the Fragrance Ingredient List (FIL) to be eligible to participate in the 2-year Pilot Fragrance Notification Program. Registrants can self-certify that all components in the fragrance are included on the FIL if the contents have been provided to them by the fragrance manufacturer.
The FIL comprises more than 1,500 fragrance component ingredients contained in pesticide products previously reviewed and registered by the agency.
These component ingredients have undergone agency evaluation to determine their suitability for safe use as components of fragrances in nonfood-use pesticide product formulations. The Fragrance Ingredient List is available at http://www.epa.gov/opprd001/inerts/fmaingredient.pdf.
For more information about the Pilot Fragrance Notification Program, please see Guidance for Pilot Fragrance Notification Program at http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/regpolicy.htm#Guidance, under the Guidance/Guidelines Heading.”
For safer pest control methods:
“These sprays, dusts, and aerosols are now applied almost universally to farms, gardens, forests, and homes – nonselective chemicals that have the power to kill every insect, the “good” and the “bad,” to still the song of birds and the leaping of fish in the streams, to coat the leaves with a deadly film, and to linger on in soil-all this though the intended target may be only a few weeds or insects. Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surface of the earth without making it unfit for all life? They should not be called “insecticides,” but “biocides.”
~ Rachel Carson