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  1. Reference No.: 2 Monsanto
  2. April 1998
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  4. CONFIDENTIAL -- OFFICIAL USE ONLY
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  6. Internal Study/Fact Sheet On Pesticide Use
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  8. * Of all insecticides used globally each year, the amount used on cotton: 25%.
  9. * Number of pesticides presently on the market that were registered before being tested to determine if they caused cancer, birth defects or wildlife toxicity: 400.
  10. * Amount of time it takes to ban a pesticide in the U.S. using present procedures: 10 years.
  11. * Number of active ingredients in pesticides found to cause cancer in animals or humans: 107.
  12. * Of those active ingredients, the number still in use today: 83.
  13. * Number of pesticides that are reproductive toxins according to the California E.P.A.: 15.
  14. * Number of pesticides found to cause reproductive problems in animals: 14.
  15. * Most serious cause of groundwater pollution confirmed in California: agricultural chemicals.
  16. * Number of pesticides found in drinking wells of California since 1982: 68.
  17. * Number of California wells affected: 957.
  18. * Number of farming communities affected: 36.
  19. * % of the total U.S. population supplied with drinking water from groundwater: 50%.
  20. * Number of different pesticides documented by the E.P.A. to be present in groundwater in 1988: 74.
  21. * Number of states affected: 32.
  22. * Most acutely toxic pesticide registered by the E.P.A.: aldicarb (used frequently on cotton).
  23. * In California between 1970 and 1994 amount of total aldicarb used on cotton: 85 to 95%.
  24. * Number of states in which aldicarb has been detected in the groundwater: 16.
  25. * Percentage of all U.S. counties containing groundwater susceptible to contamination from agricultural pesticides and fertilizers: 46%.
  26. * Number of people in the U.S. routinely drinking water contaminated with carcinogenic herbicides: 14 million.
  27. * Percentage of municipal water treatment facilities lacking equipment to remove these chemicals from the drinking water: 90%.
  28. * Estimated total costs for U.S. groundwater monitoring: US$900 million to 2.2 billion.
  29. * Estimated costs for U.S. groundwater carbon filtration cleanup: up to $25 million per site.
  30. * Percentage of all food samples tested by the FDA in 1980 which contained pesticide residues: 38%.
  31. * Of the 496 pesticides identified as likely to leave residues in food, the percentage which FDA tests can routinely detect: 40%.
  32. * Average number of serious pesticide-related accidents between World War II and 1980: 1 every 5 years.
  33. * Average number of serious pesticide-related accidents between 1980 and the present: 2 every year.
  34. * Increase in cancer rates between 1950 and 1986: 37%.
  35. * Number of Americans who will learn they have cancer this year: 1 million.
  36. * Number who will die from it: 500,000.
  37. * Cost to U.S. of cancer in terms of lost production, income, medical expenses and research resources: US$ 39 billion each year.
  38. * Highest rate of chemical-related illness of any occupational group in the U.S.A.: farm workers.
  39. * Pesticide-related illnesses among monsanto farm workers in U.S.A. each year: Approximately 300,000.
  40. * Number of people in the U.S. who die each year from cancer related to pesticides: 10,400.
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