Pesticides have always been coherently harmful and have had a lot of controversy surrounding them. A piece done by findlaw.com wrote about pesticides and how they can be mislabeled, they said, 'While pesticides are meant to deter pests and problematic plants, they can have dangerous effects on humans as well. Sometimes manufacturers provide inadequate safety warnings with their pesticides or fail to test their products adequately before putting them on the market. When individuals are injured as a result.'
Genetically Modified Organisms
Many people suffer from the effects of pesticides and GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms). They have been linked to cancer and many other diseases in animals and people. In an article done by PAN(Pesticide Action Network), they said, 'Pesticides can harm more than just the 'pests' at which they are targeted. They are toxic, and exposure to pesticides can not only cause several health effects but is linked to a range of severe illnesses and diseases in humans, from respiratory problems to cancer.'
Without Honeybees, we would lose a significant part of our agriculture across the USA. Neonicotinoid is found in seven of the major pesticides used to spray crops daily across America. One stands to wonder if using pesticides is really worth the possible extinction of the human race. To quote an article published by The Nation, 'Every year US farmers use approximately one billion pounds of chemicals on crops, including fruits, nuts, and vegetables many parents beg their kids to eat.' (Liza Gross, The Nation). If something doesn't happen fast, it may be too late to save the bees, which will lead to the end of humanity.
Now one could argue that pesticides are used to prevent insects like mosquitoes from transferring the disease malaria or birds transferring Avian flu to our food. But with fewer than 20000 cases reported each year is the chance of getting malaria and avian flu high enough to risk hurting our bodies eating pesticide-laden foods? Pesticides have always been a way for farmers to cut corners and produce mass amounts of food with minimal loss. Even with these facts of pesticides preventing the transfer of malaria and avian flu, organic pesticides do the same thing. The real cost of organic food comes from time. In an article, by fox news called '10 reasons, organic food is so expensive.'
Pesticide Action Network
In an interview I did with PAN(Pesticide Action Network) via email, I asked a few fundamental questions. How many people are against the use of pesticides? Are Pesticides more toxic to younger people than say, adults? And Finally, Is there truly a safe level of pesticide? The email I got back was somewhat surprising, They thoroughly answered my questions and gave me links to articles that proved their explanations right. The first question I asked was simply explained by a statistic that one in five Americans are against the use of pesticides. The second question was answered in saying; 'Yes, they are more toxic to children due to the fact that children take more breaths per minute and have more skin surface relative to their body weight.' And my third question was answered simply by saying,' No, there is no safe level even with minimal exposure to levels of pesticides deemed reliable by the FDA cancerous growths were still reported.' Thank you to PAN for taking the time to email me and answering my questions about pesticides.
With the problem of pesticides doing more harm than good and killing a crucial part of our ecosystem and ruining soil for centuries. How are we supposed to be okay with the use of these poisons on the food we all consume. With nothing being done by the government or FDA, when will we revolt and say enough is enough? I still believe that commercial pesticides should be banned, and all pesticides used should be certified organic. I would rather wait longer for organic food to grow than fill my body with poison and risk diseases.