Pesticides And Food Production

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Pesticides are commonly used to grow food since they are a cheap way to control weeds and insects that can damage food crops. Those pesticides are also harmful to the farmers and workers who work in the fields harvesting crops and to the end consumer of the food products. Studies have shown higher incidence of cancer rates in farmers and farm workers with direct exposure to the pesticides. Cancer is not the only concern from pesticide exposure additionally there are reports of higher incidents of immune dysfunction, sterility and neurological damage.

Children are more sensitive to pesticide exposure since their bodies are not fully developed and still growing. Pesticides may harm a developing child by blocking the absorption of important food nutrients necessary for normal healthy growth. Another way pesticides may cause harm is if a child’s excretory system is not fully developed, the body may not fully remove pesticides. Also, there are critical periods in human development when exposure to a toxin can permanently alter the way an individual’s biological system operates.

Pesticides also have risk for adults as well. As one gets older ones skin gets thinner allowing for more potential pesticide exposure. As we age our kidneys and liver lose some ability to remove pesticides from our bodies resulting in potential buildup of pesticide toxins.

The bottom line is pesticides are harmful to human health and should be avoided as best possible. Purchase organic foods when possible and when not possible make sure you wash your produce to reduce pesticide consumption. Use organic pest control methods for your own home garden as well. In the long run our bodies will thank us for it.

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