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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