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Are Pesticides Making You Sick and Fat?

There are many people who still believe that pesticides are safe–mostly people who have a vested interest in maintaining the pesticide usage status quo.  But, consider their origins.  After wartime use of nerve gases, corporations needed a market to sell chemicals that really were best suited for killing…and so they thought up the idea of using them to kill insects on our food supply.  But, increasing amounts of research is showing that this not-so-genius idea is showing that while pesticides kill pests quickly, they may also harm or kill us slowly.  In case you missed it, I can think of 55 reasons off the top of my head to avoid pesticides as much as possible (55 cancer-causing residues on food!)

Pesticides are not easily washed off produce.  The same is true once they enter your body.  Fat-soluble pesticides are attracted to the fat stores in your body.  Research shows that even though the pesticide DDT was banned in Canada and the United States over three decades ago, it is found in 100% of human fat samples tested by the EPA.

So, what can you do?  Stop spraying your house, body, garden, or grass with chemical insect repellants or insecticides.  Eat organic food as much as possible.  If that’s difficult for you, get to know the local food growers in your area and find out which ones may not be certified organic but still aren’t using pesticides (they’re often cheaper).  Grow your own food—even planters on a balcony or a tower garden work well.  And, don’t forget sprouts.  Grow your own sprouts.  They’re nutritious and a delicious addition to meals and you can control what they’re exposed to and what finds its way into your body.

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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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