We share a planet with other creatures, some of which we live peacefully with, others not so much. Unfortunately, most pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides, contain chemicals that cause health complications for humans and wildlife.
The Pesticide Problem
Pesticides cause a wide range of short and long-term health hazards, such as:
- Skin and Eye Irritation
- Dizziness and Nausea
- Endocrine System Damage
- Birth Defects
Pesticides present acute dangers to other living organisms as well, sometimes having devastating environmental effects. Pesticides can pollute the air, water, and soil. They are harmful to many living species and can kill microorganisms that would be have eben beneficial for soil health.
Over one billion pounds of chemical pesticides are used every year in the United States (about 5.6 billion pounds worldwide) (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov).
This causes a significant health and environmental concern.
- Water and air contamination
- Killing of plants and wildlife
- Chemical over-exposure and the harmful associated health problems
Some of the common chemicals in pesticides are methoxychlor, vinclozolin, … Read Full Post »