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GROUP SAYS CHILDREN AT RISK FROM PESTICIDES

A study has found that allowable pesticide traces in farm produce caused cancer and nerve damage in children, a consumer watchdog group said Monday as it announced a campaign to tighten federal pesticide laws. ``The results of this study, as they began coming in, were extremely alarming: that children were far more at risk than adults from the impact of pesticides, that our system of regulation had completely overlooked children ... and that the Environmental Protection Agency and industry were arrayed against any reform in the field,'' said John Adams, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.