"EPA Moves to Curb Pesticide Tests on Human Subjects"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed tight restrictions on using people as test subjects — or, as critics have put it, guinea pigs — in pesticide research.

Under pressure from the pesticides industry, the EPA in 2003 began lifting a moratorium on such testing involving humans. It allowed experiments in which people are intentionally dosed with pesticides to assess the chemicals’ toxicity and eventually set exposure standards. As The Village Voice reported that year, 'healthy young men and women' were recruited through newspaper ads or on college campuses to serve as test subjects with 'juicy compensation checks,' typically in the $300 to $1,000 range."

Matthew Heller reports for FairWarning January 31, 2011.

Monday, January 31, 2011