Description: Pesticides are important as they are used to kill pests. However, the use of different forms of synthetic pesticides has numerous negative snowballing effects on the environment and our health.
Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides are substances used to kill, repel, or control forms of plant or animal life that are considered to be pests and to prevent the growth of molds and mildew, disinfectants for preventing the spread of bacteria, and compounds used to control mice and rats. Although commonly used in agricultural practices, pesticides are also often used in school yards, homes, and any other area where a garden or field free of weeds and pests is wanted.
Majority of these pesticides are made with synthetic chemicals and in agricultural practices, its purpose is to allow farmers to produce the greatest yield. Organic farmers do use pesticides as well, however, these pesticides come from natural sources and to be certified organic, must abide by the federal standards.
Pesticides and the Environment
Due to runoff and leaching, pesticides that are sprayed on land make their way into a water source. Bodies of water have become contaminated with chemicals affecting the lives of many animals, which disrupts our ecosystem. Many people that depend on groundwater for their drinking supply and unfortunately are susceptible to harm due to toxin exposure. These chemicals are even found in several bottled waters as well! We will be talking all about water and which waters are safe to drink, so stay tuned!
Pesticides and YOUR Health
Long term exposure to pesticides are extremely damaging to one’s health. There are many studies that indicate the link between pesticides and cancer, Alzheimer’s, birth defects, ADHD as well as harm to the nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems. Through pregnancy and nursing, these harsh chemicals are passed along from the mother and over time, these chemicals cause build up in the body and lead to cellular irreversible damage.
We will share more on which foods to avoid and try to buy organic and which foods are still safe to buy non-organic.
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