Why We Should Avoid Pesticides
By Anthony Mayatt, Aug 7 2017 03:07PM
The use of toxic pesticides to manage pest problems has become a common practise around the world. Pesticides are used almost everywhere, not only on agricultural fields, but also in homes, schools, parks, buildings, forest, roads…. Today it’s difficult to find somewhere were pesticides are not used. From the bug spray under the kitchen sink to crop dusting acres of farmland, our world is filled with pesticides. In addition, pesticides can be found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, our soil and the water we drink.
Pesticides have been linked to a wide range of human health issues, ranging from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to chronic impacts like cancer, reproductive harm and endocrine disruption.
PESTICIDES ARE HARMFUL FOR HUMANS, INSECTS AND OUR SOIL
Pesticides has been linked to a wide range of human health issues, ranging from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to chronic impacts like cancer, reproductive harm and endocrine disruption.
Not only is it harmful for humans, but it can also damage agricultural land by harming beneficial insect species, soil microorganisms, and worms which naturally limit pest populations and maintain soil health. The pesticides are weakening the plant root system and immune system, reducing the concentration of essential plant nutrients in the soil such as nitrogen and phosphorous.
FACTS ABOUT NON-ORGANIC FARMING
Just to put some more facts on the table, almost 300 pesticides can routinely be used in non-organic farming in the UK and these are often presented in non-organic food. 31,000 tonnes of manufactured chemicals are used in farming each year to kill weeds, insects and other pests. Research suggest that if all farming in England and Wales was organic, pesticides use would drop by 98%. Governments testing in 2015 found pesticide residues in 43% of British food, and many of these contains more than one pesticide. In 2015, over 17,800 tonnes of pesticides were used on British farms to kill weeds, insects and control crop diseases.
ORGANIC FOOD IS HEALHIER
Ground-breaking research published by the British Journal of Nutrition has found significant nutritional differences between organic and non-organic farming. This study show that organic food is higher in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals and pesticides, which is more beneficial for your own health and wellbeing.
By avoiding pesticides you have to choose organic products, this way you are looking after your own health and wellbeing, along with our planet and animals. Isn’t that just great??
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