Malathion kills insects by crippling their nervous system. It is said that if the pesticide is long exposed to humans then they may also experience the same fate just like the affected insects.
This pescticide is used in agriculture, public recreation areas, in public health pest control program to get rid of mosquitoes and residential landscaping.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which is one of the arm of WHO has classified Malathon and Diazinon another pesticide which is used in Winnipeg, Canada to get rid of mosquitoes as most likely carcinogenic to humans on March 20, 2015.
Like Malathion and diazinon, Glycoposphate one of the ingredients to eradicate weeds is also having carcinogenic effects.
IARC mentioned that the report is made after going through studies release since 2001 on the subject of insecticide exposure to agriculture in United States, Canada and Sweden.
According to IARC the report’s conclusion is based on “limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and prostate cancer”.
“Malathion also caused tumours in rodent studies. Malathion caused DNA and chromosomal damage and also disrupted hormone pathways” stated IARC.
There were many discussions between people who wanted to enjoy a mosquito free environment and the people who don’t want to use the pesticide.
But if the dosage of the chemical is limited then there is very little fear that it will affect humans or the environment.
Only biological mosquito larvicides are to be used and no chemical pesticides are allowed in Winnipeg this season, but the problem is this substance affects the growth of larvae into adult mosquito and the matured mosquito has no affect on it and they can further produce larvae.
A press release by the manufacturer of the pesticide Monsanto, producer of Roundup has opposed all the IARC classification stating that the data and research used when conducting the report was inconclusive and there is no scientific information supporting it.