North Carolina researcher, Jane Hoppin, has linked pesticide use to asthma diagnoses. Hoppin studied women and children who lived and worked near a 40,000 hectare banana plantation in Costa Rica.
More than 27 ingredients were used on those bananas fields. Which adds up to more than 2,000,000 kilograms of pesticides. She says the pesticide exposure during pregnancy and afterwards affected the respiratory health of the women and children, especially in those with existing allergies.
Her conclusions come after years of research of 350 mothers and children pairs in Matina County, Costa Rica, a region known for banana production. She studied variables like poverty and exposure levels to determine her results. Her contributions are part of the Infantes y Salud Ambiental study in Costa Rica.
Hoppin is an associate professor of biological sciences at North Carolina State University. Her past research has focused on pesticide exposure and human health effects.
She highlighted her results at the North Carolina Society of Toxicology fall meeting in Durham. The meeting fosters communication and collaboration between professionals and researchers. Their mission is to disseminate knowledge about current toxicological issues as well as promote toxicological education.
Education is the cornerstone of professional success in the pesticide industry.
Speaking of which, North Carolina’s continuing education deadline is coming up. You must be finished with your requirements by December 31st. These requirements can be finished online.
North Carolina Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Requirements
Structural Applicators are broken into 3 phases depending on the work performed.
Phase P - Household Pests
Phase W - Wood Destroying Pests
Phase F - Fumigation
Individuals licensed in one phase must complete 10 CCUs including 5 solely applicable to the appropriate phase.
Individuals licensed in two phases must complete 15 CCUs including 5 solely applicable to each appropriate phase.
Individuals licensed in three phases must complete 20 CCUs including 5 solely applicable to each appropriate phase.