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Are Pesticides Making You Sick and Fat?

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Are Pesticides Making You Sick and Fat?

An apple a day might have kept the doctor away prior to the industrialization of food growing and preparation.  Unless it’s a pesticide-free apple, not only is today’s apple not sufficient to keep the doctor away, it is more likely to keep the doctor on call. According to research compiled by the United States Drug Administration (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service, Pesticide Data Program, today’s apple contains residue of many toxic chemicals used during the growing process.

In only one category of chemicals, known as organophosphate insecticides, this federal government agency found residue of many different neurotoxins (chemicals proven to harm the brain and/or nervous system in humans).  They include:  azinophos, methyl chloripyrofos, diazinon, dimethoate, ethion, omethioate, parathion, parathion methyl, phosalone, and phosmet.  Doesn’t make that apple sound too appetizing does it?

You may be thinking, “Well, in minute amounts maybe pesticides are okay.”  Think again.  There’s a newer understanding of toxicology referred to as “the dose doesn’t make the poison.”  In other words, some toxins are MORE HARMFUL IN SMALLER DOSES, particularly when it comes to endocrine disruptors (read hormone hell!).  Scary but true.  And, if that wasn’t the case, the average apple is still sprayed with pesticides seventeen times before it is harvested.  And, it’s really no different than most fruits and vegetables.

A study by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified more than 55 pesticides that can leave cancer-causing residues in food.  According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, the use of pesticides has risen more than tenfold since the 1940s.  Currently, over 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides are used in agriculture every year in the United States alone.

Keep reading to learn how you can reduce your pesticide exposure…

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6:19AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

Thank you.

7:27AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

11:31AM PDT on May 4, 2012

A corporate farm has bought land next to my little farm and I am VERY worried about their use of pesticides. I use natural fertilizer on my hay fields, corn and garden. Do you know how great chicken poo is for hay?

1:09AM PDT on May 4, 2012

I grew up surrounded by orchards, plus, spent a lot of time in them (the orchards) during my childhood. I've always thought that 'modern' illnesses have been caused by them. Wouldn't surprise me if they were the precursor to my Fibromyalgia, M.E, and Graves.

8:32AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

EPA....our taxes to pay for Enviromental Protection Agency....what a joke..
It now stands for.....

Eat Pollutants Abundantly.

4:33PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012


12:40AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

I dream of being able to organically grow most of my food, and this is another reason to hold on to that dream! Thank you for posting this!

9:57PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

If only we could get all pesticides banned, how much healthier people and our planet would be.

8:20PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

We all need to eat organic and stop using roundup and buy green cleaning products.if we stop buying they will stop spraying!

10:21AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

YIKES -----> "Currently, over 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides are used in agriculture every year in the United States alone."

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